A recent Fact Tank chart of the week, “Another way to see employment,” by Drew Desilver introduced me to another blog that often discusses data in their posts. The Upshot is a New York Times blog which “provides news, analysis and graphics about politics, policy and everyday life.”
The Fact Tank post discussed a chart in The Upshot post “Measuring Recovery? Count the Employed, Not the Unemployed” by Binyamin Appelbaum. Desilver wrote “[w]e liked the way it helps people readily visualize an abstract, and not overly familiar, concept over time, without using the standard trend line.” The chart shows the employment-to-population ratios at three distinct times, rate at the start of the recession, lowest rate reached during the recession, and the current rate. The whole of the United States employment-to-population rate at the start of the recession was 62.7%, the lowest rate reached was 58.2%, and currently it is 58.9%. To get a better understanding of these figures, look at the chart.
Other recent Upshot posts that may be of interest:
- A Minimum Wage That Makes More Sense by Jared Bernstein
Post discusses the idea that minimum wage should be based on regional costs of living. This post uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ regional price parities (R.P.P.s).
- Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? by Alan Flippen
Ranks counties based on six data points to determine the hardest places to live. Unfortunately the author does not cite to the sources of the data.
- A More Nuanced Breakdown of the Supreme Court by Hannah Fairfield and Adam Liptak
Post places justices on a scale of more to less liberal votes. The post uses data from the Supreme Court Database.
- Q. and A. About Student Debt by David Leonhardt