Posts Tagged ‘statistics’

The Real Unemployment Rate.

October 21, 2020

The Real Unemployment Rate.

The U.S. Unemployment Rate is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Deparment of Labor, but BLS recognizes several joblessness measures. The one you read in the media is called U3, the percentage of unemployed civilian adults actively seeking fulltime nonfarm employment. Right now, the U3 rate is 7.9%. A broader measure, U6, includes those working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs and people who want to work and have looked for jobs anytime in the past year. The latest U6 jobless rate is 12.8%.

But those aren’t the only — or most realistic — measures of unemployment. The Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity, founded by Gene Ludwig, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, has a yardstick for U.S. functional unemployment, and it’s unnerving:

“A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can’t find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1% ….”

“If you measure the unemployed as anybody over 16 years old who isn’t earning a living wage, the rate rises even further, to 54.6%. For Black Americans, it’s 59.2%.”

“Only 46.1% of white Americans over the age of 16 — and a mere 40.8% of Black Americans — now have a full-time job paying more than $20,000 per year.”

— “America’s true unemployment rate,” Felix Salmon, Axios

More:

Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) website

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Two Centuries of US Immigration

May 15, 2017

“From 1820 to 2013, 79 million people obtained lawful permanent resident status in the United States. This map visualizes all of them based on their prior country of residence. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total migration to the U.S. at the given time.”

1 dot = 10,000 people

As a percentage of total US population, today’s immigration rates are far below those of the 1920s and before.

Written, narrated, and produced by Bryce Plank. Video editing and animation by Robin West. See more at Metrocosm.

Related:

“The Accidents of History That Shaped Global Migration,” James Watkins, Ozy

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Kale

January 10, 2014

Kale

Kale. It’s a Superfood. It’s BIG. It’s everywhere, right?

“But what do the data say about how much kale is actually around? The U.S. Department of Agriculture started tracking the production of kale in 1997, and the closest proxy for consumption we have is something called “disappearance”: imports plus production minus exports. By that metric, divided by population, we arrive at the amount of kale the United States absorbed per capita ….”

“Kale was so much bigger in the 1990s,” Lydia DePillis, Washington Post blog (must-see graphs!)

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Super Bowl XLIV by the Numbers

January 24, 2010

 

Super Bowl XLIV by the Numbers

It’s not too early to look at the numbers for Super Bowl XLIV:

XLIV=44 (forty-four, quarante-quatre, vierundvierzig, cuarenta y cuatro, quarantaquattro, tetratetraconta).

Factors:  44 = 1 x 2² x 11

Divisors: 1, 2, 4, 11, 22, 44 1, 2, 4, 11, 22, 44.  Sum of the divisors=84

Base 2: 101 100; Base 3: 1 122; Base 8:  54; Base 16: 2C (my buddy lives in that apartment!).

Interstate 44 runs from The Illinois/Missouri state line, past the I-44 Speedway in Oklahoma City,  to Wichita Falls, Texas. It is mentioned in C.W. McCall’s song “Convoy.”

+44 is the international telephone code for the United Kingdom and “Plus 44” is (or was) the name of some kind of rock group.

Title 44 of the United States Code pertains to publication of public documents.

Barack Hussein Obama is the forty-fourth President of the United States.

“44” is the title of a Washington Post blog.

Element 44 on the Periodic Table is Ruthenium (symbol: Ru).

Retired NFL number 44s: Floyd Little (Denver Broncos) and Pete Retzlaff (Philadelphia Eagles).

In baseball, 44 is a “hitter’s number,” the retired uniform number of  Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Reggie Jackson.

The Roman Empire was divided into 44 provinces. Julius Ceasar was assassinated in 44 BC.

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