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.
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.
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.
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.
No Improvement in Public’s Views of Economic News
As the Federal Reserve meets to discuss whether to keep up its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, the public’s perceptions of recent economic news have shown little change.
Holiday shopping: Love it or hate it, more do it online
Half of Americans say they dread holiday shopping.
Chart of the Week: Inflation and unemployment through the decades
A look at 80+ years of economic history shows a complicated relationship between inflation and unemployment.
Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future
Even though many in Africa continue to face serious financial adversity, their economic outlook is more positive than many others around the world, and they are hopeful about their children’s future.