Jan. 15, 2015

For most highly educated women, motherhood doesn’t start until the 30s

More than half (54%) of mothers near the end of their childbearing years with at least a master’s degree had their first child after their 20s. In fact, one-fifth didn’t become mothers until they were at least 35. Some 28% became moms in their late 20s, and 18% had children earlier in their lives.

Fact Tank Jan. 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.

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Jan. 14, 2015

The Data on Women Leaders

Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits, yet women still make up a small share of top leadership jobs. Explore the share of women in top U.S. political and business roles over time with these interactive charts.

Jan. 14, 2015

Women and Leadership

Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?

Fact Tank Dec. 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.

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.