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The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Midterm Political Ads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With midterm elections three weeks away, it’s political ad season.

This year, things are getting interesting with a couple of fear-mongering ads featuring Ebola.

One ad, paid for by the Agenda Project Action Fund, features Grim Reaper-esque heavy breathing punctuated by gruesome photos of Ebola victims in order to drive ...

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40 Years Of Income Inequality In America, In Graphs

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Here's the story of income inequality in America over the past 40 years.

Hover over each line to identify household income, and click through to see the percentage growth over the past 40 years.

The graph reveals a striking pattern. After adjusting for inflation, income was basically flat for households ...

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?
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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Bats produce "pings" or "clicks," right? They make these high pitched sounds, too high for us to hear, but when their cries ricochet off distant objects, the echoes tell them there's a house over there, a tree in front of them, a moth flying over on the left. And so, ...

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The Unemployment Rate In Every State, Before And After The Great Recession

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's been five years since the recession ended, and the unemployment rate in most states is still higher than it used to be.

Here's a state-by-state look at how unemployment in the years before the recession compares with unemployment now.

A few striking things about the graph:

  • Even before ...

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Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Researchers often look at the number of hours worked, but rarely do they ask the question of when. Fortunately, the government conducts an annual study called the American Time Use Survey that tracks how people spend their days.

The interactive graph below shows the share of workers who ...

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Why Restaurant And Hotel Workers May Soon Get A Raise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

Many jobs in the hospitality industry have low pay but don't require specialized skills. So they often serve as a stopgap for people between jobs. In periods when ...

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Inequality Is Falling On Planet Earth

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Inequality is rising in the U.S. You know this. As the graph below shows, incomes since 1988 have been flat for poor and middle-class people, and rising for the upper-middle-class and, especially, for the wealthy.

A bunch of causes are commonly cited for rising inequality. One is globalization: Competition from ...

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When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pharmacists and doctors are more likely than the general public to buy generic medicine, as we reported last year. And chefs are more likely than the general public to buy generic food.

The economists who figured this stuff out recently published a new update (PDF) to ...

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How The Millennials May Save America

Monday, July 14, 2014

Millennials are the most populous generation in America.

From a demographic perspective, this is very good news for the nation. It means the U.S. has a wave of people just entering the workforce, whose tax dollars (hopefully) will support the retirement of the baby boomers.

Lots of other developed ...

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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel-Winning Chronicler Of Apartheid, Dies

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer, a Nobel Prize-winning author famed for her portrayals of South Africa under apartheid, died Sunday, her family said in a statement. She was 90.

Gordimer was considered a modern literary genius, an important chronicler of the injustices of racial segregation along with other white writers such ...

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How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Thursday, July 03, 2014

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're ...

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How Much House You Can Buy, In 385 U.S. Cities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Are home prices cheap in your city right now?

It's common to answer this question by talking about how prices today compare with prices last year, or to look at how prices in your city compare with prices in other cities.

But there's another way to frame the question: Compare ...

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How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

There's this thing people say all the time in New York and other expensive cities: If I could move somewhere cheaper, and keep my income the same, I'd be much better off.

Alas, in places where the cost of living is lower, pay tends to be lower as well.

So ...

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What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph

Friday, May 09, 2014

In honor of college graduation season, we made a graph. It answers a few questions we had: What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today, and how has the mix changed over the past several decades?

Hover over the graph to see how the popularity of each category changes ...

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Most Americans Make It To The Top 20 Percent (At Least For A While)

Monday, May 05, 2014

We often talk about income as if it's this fixed thing. Those people over there are the 1 percent. These over here live in poverty. That other group is the people in the top 20 percent. That's not the way it is.

While economic mobility hasn't increased in this ...

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How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In Your City?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How long does the average person have to work to buy a burger in his or her neighborhood? The maps below answer that question for neighborhoods in six cities around the country.

We used average burger prices and average income by ZIP code to create the maps. The burger data ...

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In One Word, What's Your Biggest Source Of Work-Related Stress?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The big jobs report that comes out at the beginning of every month has tons of data on how the job market is doing. But it doesn't tell us much about what peoples' jobs are really like.

Last month, we asked people to tell us what they really do ...

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More House, Less Booze: How Spending Changes From Age 25 To 75

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

As anyone who has been 25 and not 25 can tell you, spending patterns change over the course of adult life.

We built the graph below to track these changes. It shows how different categories of spending change between age 25 and 75. For each category, spending at age 25 ...

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Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What's the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood?

After some poking around, we figured out ...

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