Category Archives: Animated Graphs

Occupational Wages, by State

The state-level research series of the Occupational Employment Statistics provides some revealing comparisons, across states, of occupational wages.  The map shows the regional patterns with, unsurprisingly, wages generally lower in southern states and in less urbanized settings.  The “bar and … Continue reading

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The Arc of Inequality

crossposted from Dissent If pressed to reduce the last century of economic history into one graphic, I would go with something like this. The blue line traces the rise and decline of organized labor since the end of the First … Continue reading

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U.S. Health Care Is (Still) Bad and Expensive

cross-posted from Dissent Last month the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an exhaustive survey of U.S. Health Care in International Perspective, measuring the United States against sixteen peer countries (other high-income democracies) on a wide range of health outcomes. The results—summed … Continue reading

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Them’s that Got Shall Get: Trends in Income and Wealth Distribution, 1962-2010

This graph draws on the work of Edward Wolff, particularly his excellent new NBER paper, The Asset Price Meltdown and the Wealth of the Middle Class (November 2012). The most striking numbers here are the growth in inequality over time, and the … Continue reading

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Coming Up For Air: October 2012 update

Once again, here’s the monster graph of postwar recessions, with data for the current recession update through to the September 2012 job numbers.  Its a mixed bag: On one hand, we are still a long way underwater, especially since the … Continue reading

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The Manufacturing Jobs Score in the States

In the context of extensive discussion of “the jobs score” under Republican and Democratic  presidents, the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and Iowa Policy Project (IPP) today released an analysis of manufacturing jobs growth (or decline) in each state across the … Continue reading

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Inequality and Education

Much ink has been spilled on the crisis in American education and the contribution of a technological skills gap to growing inequality.  But, on closer examination, the arguments here are pretty weak. First, despite all the handwringing about our underprepared … Continue reading

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The Geography of Inequality

Income inequality varies starkly by place. This is especially true (and damaging) at the metropolitan scale, where segregation by income–the isolation of both the poor and the rich–is deepening. In 1970 only 15 percent of American families lived in neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

The recent work of CEPR’s John Schmidt and Janelle Jones shines a harsh spotlight on the dramatic decline in “good jobs” over the last generation.  In Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?, Schmidt and Jones show that the share … Continue reading

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The future’s so bright, I gotta wear . . . a hairnet

One of the most troubling trends of the last business cycle is the continued decline in good jobs.  As colleagues at the National Employment Project have ably documented (here and updated here), job losses during the recession were concentrated in … Continue reading

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