Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2014

More and more Americans are outside the labor force entirely. Who are they?

More than 92 million Americans last month were considered outside the labor force entirely. While most of them are older, the biggest increase has been among teens and young adults.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Employment, unemployment and underemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

Making more than minimum wage, but less than $10.10 an hour

Last year an estimated 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers aged 18 and older in the U.S. — earned above the applicable minimum wage in their state but less than the proposed $10.10/hour minimum.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

How’s the job market? Ups, downs of public sentiment mirror official stats

Americans have a good general sense of the relative strength of the job market, even if they’re fuzzy on specifics such as the unemployment rate.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2014

Hispanics only group to see its poverty rate decline and incomes rise

Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

Americans have dim view of trade’s impact on jobs and wages

While 68% of Americans say trade is good for the country, they hold starkly different views than people in other countries around the world when it comes to the supposed benefits of international commerce: job creation and higher wages.

Global Sep. 16, 2014

Mixed Views on Trade, Foreign Investment

Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.

U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2014

56% of Americans Believe They Are ‘Falling Behind’ Financially

Public views of the job market have improved modestly, but overall economic optimism remains limited. Many say their incomes are falling behind the cost of living and 45% have experienced a serious financial hardship.

Sep. 4, 2014

Moonlighting is less common now, despite what you might have heard

Contrary to conventional wisdom, working multiple jobs has become less common over the past two decades.