Fact Tank Mar. 17, 2014

Resurgent public optimism on the economy? Don’t hold your breath

One of the biggest political puzzles of 2014 is why the public remains so bearish about the economy, and in turn critical of Barack Obama’s stewardship of it, given clear signs that economic indicators are improving. An analysis by Andrew Kohut.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Feb. 20, 2014

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

Fact Tank Feb. 11, 2014

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.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2014

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.

U.S. Politics Jan. 27, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Jan. 6, 2014

Long-term unemployment remains high

Nearly four-in-ten unemployed Americans have been out of work for at least six months.

Fact Tank Jan. 3, 2014

Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities

Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit

A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2013

Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate

Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.