Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy
A handful of metropolitan areas generate the bulk of U.S. economic activity.
American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates
Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression
Americans have been lukewarm, skeptical about economy since 2000
Americans have held lukewarm-to-gloomy views of the economy for a decade and a half, in good times and bad.
Mixed Views of Economic News Persist
Over the past year, both the unemployment rate and the share of Americans in the labor force have fallen. The stock market rose during much of 2013, before falling at the start of this year. Through it all, the public’s perceptions of economic news have changed very little.
Economy: Pew Research Center Key Data Points
Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation have remained the public’s two top priorities for the White House and Congress.
Long-term unemployment remains high
Nearly four-in-ten unemployed Americans have been out of work for at least six months.
Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities
Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.