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College graduates are delaying marriage. Among other groups, more people are skipping it
Fewer Americans of all stripes are getting married. But beneath that overarching trend lies an important distinction: Some groups are merely delaying marriage, while others are skipping it entirely...
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What you major in matters. (or: Why you should have become an engineer.)
The millions of American college students heading back to campus this month face a grim reality: A college degree is no guarantee of economic success. But through their choice of major, they can ta...
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The American Time Use Survey provides a window into how unemployment changes people's day-to-day lives.
Mark, 22 and unemployed, sleeps late in the morning. His roommate has to get up for work, but Mark has nowhere to be. He rolls out of bed at 11 a.m. He checks his email -- still no response to his ...
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A good jobs report, but an incomplete recovery. My take on today's numbers. http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/weve-regained-the-jobs-lost-in-the-recession-but-the-recovery-isnt-complete/
The U.S. added 217,000 nonfarm jobs in May, fewer than in April but in line with economists’ expectations. But for once, the number that gets the most attention may not be the change in jobs, but t...
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The end of extended benefits hasn’t spurred the unemployed back to work; if anything, it has pushed them out of the labor force altogether.
Helene Laurusevage still gets up at 6 a.m. every day and packs lunch for her husband. She still sits down at her computer every morning to hunt for a job, and still updates the meticulous spreadshe...
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The oil boom has overshadowed what might be an even more significant shift: the plateauing of U.S. oil consumption.
The most lasting change in the U.S. energy landscape may not be that we're producing more oil -- but that we’re using less. Demand for oil has fallen in recent years, as Americans drive less and bu...
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Any way you slice it, median incomes have been stagnant for more than a decade.
In 1988, the typical American adult was 40 years old, white and married, with a high school diploma. If he was a man, he probably worked full time. If she was a woman, she probably didn’t. Twenty-f...
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What I learned in Ferguson: It isn't an outlier.
FERGUSON, Mo. -- “I am!” “Mike Brown!” “I am!” “Mike Brown!” By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it -- “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the ...
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Public schools survived the recession in decent shape. The weak recovery has been a different story.
The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation's public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000...
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Six-and-a-half years after the Great Recession began -- and five years after it officially ended -- the U.S. has finally surpassed its precrisis employment peak. But the job market is far from full...
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Investors are fretting over the prospect of an another tech bubble, but according to the data, U.S. entrepreneurship is on the decline. Americans started 27 percent fewer businesses in 2011 than th...
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On the surface, today's jobs report was really good. Dig deeper, and it was mostly really weird.
Every month, somewhere in my “jobs day” writeup, I remind readers that these are noisy numbers, subject to big revisions and even bigger margins of error. Usually I put that reminder toward the bot...
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    Chief Economics Writer, 2014 - present
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