Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2014

Debate over inequality highlights sharp partisan divisions on the issue

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen addressed the issue of inequality in a speech last week, an issue on which there is a sharp partisan divide.

Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Views on Opportunity and Inequality

Publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation, while emerging and developing nations are more optimistic.

Fact Tank Sep. 18, 2014

The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top

The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: The black-white gap in incarceration rates

Black men in their prime working years, especially those without a high school education, are much more likely to be in jail than white men are.

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff

While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.

Jan. 27, 2014

Despite recovery, fewer Americans identify as middle class

Today about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%).

Pew Research Center Jan. 27, 2014

The Middle Class: Key Data Points from Pew Research

Despite the economic recovery, the share of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. The proportion of Americans who identify with the middle class has never been lower, dropping  to 44% from 53% in 2008 during the first months of the Great Recession, according to a survey conducted Jan. […]

Aug. 22, 2013

King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal

Five decades after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.

Aug. 21, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

Having a secure job replaces homeownership as the key to being middle-class

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans now say having a secure job is essential to being in the middle-class; in 1991, it was homeownership.