Jobs & Unemployment
When the government releases new data—or when we go digging for hard-to-find, interesting information—you’ll find the resulting reports here. The Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Congressional Budget Office, and more: we provide bias-free context and visuals to help you understand the latest from these agencies. USAFacts is always digging into data, so check back often for new reports.
As the year draws to a close, it’s natural to be retrospective. But with so many measures of the American economy, what’s the best way to take stock of 2019?
Manufacturing's smaller role is apparent in all but a few states and subsectors of the industry.
America has grown wealthier since the Great Recession. But that growth has been uneven.
Government data shows that while economy-wide measures have been improving since the Great Recession, the retail industry has stagnated, or in the case of brick and mortar stores, even worsened. Online retail, however, has consistently grown for the last two decades.
Median income increased 0.9% while earnings went up 3.4%. The official poverty rate fell to 11.8%, significantly lower than in 2007 before the recession.
The two mortgage giants have portfolios accounting for more than half of the $10 trillion outstanding mortgage debt in America. They have been under federal control since 2008.
The GDP has grown and jobs have increased over the decade, but that growth hasn’t been uniform across industries and states.
The middle class is affected by the same demographic shifts as the wider nation, namely an aging population and a decrease in marriages.
Here’s a breakdown of how the federal government has played a role in aiding the nation’s farms through subsidies such as direct payments, crop insurance, and loans.
The 2019 federal government shutdown was the longest shutdown in US history. How much did the shutdown cost us?