The current economic recovery, which hit the five-year mark this month, has underperformed other recent expansions that have lasted at least as long.
Substantially more women than men are in jobs that pay the minimum wage of less, , according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.
Trade will likely be a topic of discussion when President Obama visits Japan on Wednesday. Most Americans see trade with Japan as a good thing and back a treaty on Pacific trade.
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.