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Beyond Job Titles: What Do You Really Do?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The big monthly jobs report that came out Friday has tons of numbers describing the American labor force. The numbers are helpful as far as they go, but they skip over a whole dimension of work: What it's really like.

So, over the past few weeks, we asked people ...

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Quick Reminder: Russia Is A Petro State

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

We don't think of Russia as a petro state in the same category as, say, Saudi Arabia. But we should: Russia is the world's biggest exporter of natural gas, and the second-biggest exporter of oil.

This is worth pointing out at the moment, given the talk of sanctions ...

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The Price Of A Pizza In 237 U.S. Neighborhoods

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Yesterday, we crunched thousands of pizza prices from around the country, and argued that you should always buy a bigger pizza. (And in a separate post, we presented the case against buying a bigger pizza.)

And we figured, hey, we've got all this data, what else can we ...

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74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

One day last year, an engineer and I went to a pizza place for lunch. The engineer told me he wasn't very hungry, but he said he was going to get the 12-inch medium instead of the 8-inch small — because the medium was more than twice as big as ...

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Who Are The Long-Term Unemployed? (In 3 Graphs)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When you are out of work and looking for 27 weeks or longer, you become part of a group the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls long-term unemployed. The share of long-term unemployed workers hit its peak in May 2010, when 46 percent of the unemployed were long-term unemployed. It has ...

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Millions Of People Are Quitting Their Jobs Every Month. That's Good News.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It might hard to imagine in this sputtering recovery, but 2.4 million people actually quit their jobs in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's nearly a million more quitters than there were during the darkest months of the recession.

As the graph shows, there's a big range ...

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Paper Or Plastic: How Americans Buy Stuff, In 1 Graph

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Quick question: How many times do you pay for stuff in a given month? Not how much do you spend, but how many times do you exchange dollars for goods or services — pay a bill, put gas in your car, download a song from iTunes, pick up a sandwich ...

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Every Job In America, In 1 Graph

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Whatever Friday's monthly jobs report says, it won't change the big picture. There are roughly 137 million jobs in this country. About two-thirds of those jobs are in private-sector services; the remaining third are split between goods-producing jobs (mainly manufacturing and construction) and government work (mostly at the state and ...

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Where The Jobs Are, In 2 Graphs (Hint: Not In Manufacturing)

Monday, January 06, 2014

The United States has a cultural obsession with manufacturing. When policymakers stump about job growth and job creation, they often focus on manufacturing jobs.

But for more than 60 years, the number of manufacturing jobs has been stagnant, while the number of service jobs has exploded. Service jobs now account ...

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Consumer Confidence: The Last Big Economic Release Of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Today on New Year's Eve, let's look at the last big economic release of 2013: consumer confidence.

Consumer confidence ended the year on a strong note. The index grew to 78.1 points for the month of December, a nice rebound from the big hit it took in October.

The consumer ...

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Nobody Knows Exactly How Fast The Economy Is Growing

Monday, December 23, 2013

The economy grew really quickly this summer. At least, that's the government's best guess for now.

The BEA said Friday that GDP rose at an annual rate of 4.1 percent between July and September. That's the highest it has been in years. But in its previous estimate for ...

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50 Years Of Government Spending (And The New Budget Deal), In 3 Graphs

Monday, December 16, 2013

Over the past 50 years, both the way the federal government spends money and what the government spends money on has changed a lot.

It used to be that most spending was what wonks call "discretionary spending." This is money that has to be approved every year by Congress.

Today, ...

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Watch The World Grow Older*, In 4 GIFs

Monday, December 09, 2013

The developed world is getting old, and Japan is the poster boy.

The graph below shows how, over the course of a century, Japan shifts a from nation where children predominate to a nation of senior citizens. (The population figures and projections for the coming half-century are from the ...

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The Job Market Is Still Awful, In 3 Graphs

Thursday, December 05, 2013

When the big jobs report comes out Friday morning, we'll hear a lot about what happened in November in the job market.

But whatever happened last month, it won't change this fact: The job market is still terrible.

The official unemployment rate — which includes only people who are ...

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Here's Who Earns The Minimum Wage, In 3 Graphs

Monday, November 25, 2013

A town near Seattle may raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Massachusetts is debating raising the hourly minimum to $11. And in the nation's capital, Senate Democrats are pushing a bill that could raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

With all that talk ...

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'Not Everyone Lives In NY, SF Or LA,' In 1 Graph

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We made a graph today that we found interesting. It's the distribution of home sales prices from September of this year from the National Association of Realtors. It shows that most homes sold for prices that, to someone living in an expensive, coastal city, seem pretty affordable.

We weren't sure ...

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$18 Billion Of Unclaimed Cash, In 1 Graph

Monday, November 11, 2013

The federal government is sitting on $18 billion in unclaimed money — money that's owed to ordinary people and businesses who never swung by to pick it up. This is a tiny fraction of the federal budget. But it's still, you know, a lot of money.

A few notes on ...

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Confused About Health Insurance? Take Our Quiz!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Any day now — assuming the government manages to fix HealthCare.gov — millions of people will start shopping for health insurance.

Will those shoppers know what they're doing? More to the point, if you're one of those shoppers, will you know what you're doing?

Here's a quick quiz, courtesy of ...

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