Map & Data Resources

| Role of government
When taking into account the growing size of the population, most parts of the federal civilian workforce are effectively much smaller than they were in 1978.More
| Corporate influence, Health care, Insurance
If employers move away from providing a specific basket of health insurance benefits (the defined benefits model) to providing employees with the equivalent of a voucher and then forcing them to buy their own health insurance (the defined contribution model), it seems likely that each employees’ out-of-pocket costs will rise substantially over time.More
| Banking, Economy
America’s largest corporations are holding lots of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. This viz breaks it down for 2012, 2006, and 2000.More
| Elections
New data viz allows you to create demographic composites — using race and ethnicity, sex, age, and educational attainment — to get detailed portraits of national voter turnout and registration since 2006.More
| Elections, Politics
A review of Presidential voting patterns reminds us of regional differences between the states of the former Confederacy and the rest of the country that have had material impact. We looked at the popular vote in the last 11 Presidential elections (starting with 1968). We created three categories: the U.S. as a whole, the former Confederate states as a whole, and the balance of the U.S. taken as a whole (that is, all U.S. states other than the former Confederate states).More
| Employment, Labor, Poverty
As observed in recent news coverage, "lawmakers are facing growing pressure to raise the minimum wage, which was last increased at the federal level to $7.25 an hour in July 2009." Looked at in historical perspective, today's minimum wage is significantly less in real terms than it was in 1968. The shortfall between the annual earnings of one person working full-time and the poverty threshold for a family of four is also much larger now than it was then, albeit not as great as it was in 1990 and 2007.More
| Pensions, State government
The woes of public pension funds have generally been placed squarely at the feet of public employees. But much of the damage to pension fund account balances occurred as a result of losses incurred during the collapse of the bubble in 2008 to 2009. Who has been responsible for fund performance? Most funds retain “investment consultants” who advise them on how to allocate their assets. The fees paid to these consultants in many cases are equal to a sizable portion of the amount of money that pension funds pay to their own employees.More
| Banking
There has been a lot of reporting in recent weeks about how big banks have fallen on hard times. One would be forgiven for getting the impression that these banks are not doing much better than barely scraping by. But the data tell another story. In 2011, for example, the profits of Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo each exceeded the profits of Google. The average profit from 2005 to 2011 for Apple was less than that for Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.More