Doubts About U.S. Economy Persist
Five years after the stock market crash, a 63%-majority says that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the 2008 crisis, while just 33% say that it is more secure. And most say household incomes and the job situation have improved little since the recession.
Black unemployment rate is consistently twice that of whites
Much has changed for African-Americans since the 1963 March on Washington (which, recall, was a march for “Jobs and Freedom”), but one thing hasn’t: The unemployment rate among blacks is still about double that among whites, as it has been for most of the past six decades.
Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern
About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.
Economic impact of back-to-school shopping a matter of debate
August is prime season for buying back-to-school gear. But how much all that shopping adds to the economy is unclear.
Chart of the Week: Poverty by congressional district
In the 2000s, poverty rose more in Republican congressional districts than in Democratic districts, though it’s still more prevalent in Democratic districts.
Tepid U.S. jobs data conceal modest momentum for blacks and Hispanics
Unemployment continues to be lower among whites than other groups, but job growth is slower compared with blacks and Hispanics — one reason, perhaps, why whites are the most pessimistic about the economy.
Quarterly GDP estimates: Squishy, but still valuable
The first read on each quarter’s GDP growth is eagerly anticipated by economists, forecasters and pundits of all stripes. But those numbers are almost certain to be revised; their true value lies in what they say about the U.S. economy’s overall direction.
5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs
Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.
Can a president control gas prices? Depends on when you ask
Can a president control gas prices? The answer depends on whether you ask a Republican or a Democrat — and which party occupies the White House.
Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class
As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.