Five years in, recovery still underwhelms compared with previous ones
The current economic recovery, which hit the five-year mark this month, has underperformed other recent expansions that have lasted at least as long.
Chart of the Week: Another way to see employment
How employment rates have fallen and (partially) recovered throughout the United States,
Chart of the Week: How U.S. regained all its lost jobs, but still fell behind
The U.S. finally has more jobs than it did before the Great Recession, but that’s not nearly enough to keep pace with the growing population.
Americans still sour on the economy despite falling unemployment
Americans’ assessment of the economy appears to be at odds with official unemployment statistics. But looking more deeply at job openings, hires and quits can help explain the disconnect.
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats
With the midterm elections six months away, 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district while 43% favor the Democrat. And more see their vote as a vote against President Obama than for him.
Americans agree inequality has grown, but don’t agree on why
Two-thirds of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased, but when asked why they cite dozens of different reasons.
Chart of the week: Still deep in the jobs hole
At current rates of job growth, employment won’t reach its pre-recession level for more than five years.
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.
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