U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2014

Perceptions of Job News Trend Upward

For the first time since at least 2009, as many say they’re hearing good news as bad news about the nation’s job situation. While most hear a mix of good and bad economic news, 70% hear good news about gas prices.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2014

Do lower gasoline prices make for confident consumers?

Lower gas prices tend to improve consumer sentiment, but the actual impact on the overall economy probably is small.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Retailers still rely on holiday sales, but not quite as much as they used to

Sales at many retailers spike during the year-end holiday season, but holiday sales overall are a bit less significant than they were two decades ago.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2014

For retailers, the holidays mean a hiring binge — and then a purge

Retail is one of the more seasonally variable sectors of the U.S. economy, but much of the holiday hiring surge is concentrated in just a handful of categories.

Fact Tank Nov. 17, 2014

Where near-minimum-wage workers work, and how much they make

The restaurant and food service industry is the single biggest employer of near-minimum workers, employing 3.75 million near-minimum workers, about 18% of the total.

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2014

More and more Americans are outside the labor force entirely. Who are they?

More than 92 million Americans last month were considered outside the labor force entirely. While most of them are older, the biggest increase has been among teens and young adults.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Employment, unemployment and underemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.

Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

Heading into midterms, Americans still as bummed out as they were in 2012, 2010

Despite somewhat better feelings about the economy, Americans’ collective mood is much the same as it was ahead of the last two general elections.

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Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Opportunity Quiz

How do you get ahead in life? By having a good education? Knowing the right people? What about just being lucky? Take our 7-question global opportunity quiz to rank these and other attributes in terms of their importance to success in life.

Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Views on Opportunity and Inequality

Publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation, while emerging and developing nations are more optimistic.