Fact TankFebruary 6, 2015

Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation

The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.

Fact TankFebruary 4, 2015

America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession

The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.

Fact TankJanuary 20, 2015

Public opinion on the economy and Obama’s handling of it

Strengthening the economy has been one of the public’s top priorities for the president and Congress going back even before the Great Recession. Here are key takeaways from our surveys on the state of public opinion about the economy.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 14, 2015

Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher

President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.

Fact TankJanuary 14, 2015

Job shifts under Obama: Fewer government workers, more caregivers, servers and temps

The healthcare industry, food and drink establishments and temp services have driven most of the jobs growth since Barack Obama took office nearly six years ago.

Pew Research CenterDecember 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.

Pew Research CenterDecember 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 TankDecember 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.

Pew Research CenterDecember 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.

November 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.