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April 10, 2013 A brief history of America, as seen through energy sources — from wood to nuclear power, and beyond.
February 12, 2013 Women are paid less than men, even when they're doing the same jobs. Here's where the wage gap is smallest — and largest.
February 4, 2013 Where do our health care dollars go? Where does the money come from? And how has the picture changed over time?
Being a fisherman was the deadliest job in 2011.
January 23, 2013 See which jobs top the list — and which are less deadly than you might have thought.
Largely because interest rates are so low right now, the percentage of household income that goes to debt payments is actually lower now than it was a decade ago.
November 26, 2012 See how much Americans owe, what they're borrowing money to pay for, and how much of each paycheck goes to pay off debt.
October 23, 2012 There's a huge variation in earnings across the lifespan. Here's how it breaks down, in two big graphics.
The average American spends a large part of their weekend sleeping.
September 17, 2012 Sleeping, cleaning, hanging out. How the average working American spends a day off, down to the second.
August 29, 2012 Working, sleeping, cooking, watching TV. Here's what the average American does on a typical day, down to the second.
August 21, 2012 Immigrants make up roughly the same share of the U.S. population as they did a century ago. But where they are coming from has changed dramatically.
August 1, 2012 The poor spend more of their money on essentials like groceries and utilities. The rich spend more on education.
July 27, 2012 Economic growth slowed in the second quarter. We look at just how the U.S. economy breaks down into goods and services.
July 16, 2012 Half of all Americans made less than $50,000, and half made more. Here's one way American income breaks down, including state-by-state results.
July 6, 2012 As unemployment comes down, the long-term unemployed aren't benefitting as much. Long-term unemployment in 3 graphics.
June 27, 2012 The U.S. is still a nation of immigrants: One in six U.S. workers was born somewhere else. Here's where America's immigrants come from, and what they do for work.
The price of alcohol we buy at the store has gone down. The price of booze at bars has gone way up.
June 20, 2012 Alcohol is cheaper, but bars are more expensive. Also, we're spending more on wine and less on hard alcohol.
June 8, 2012 Food is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. We're spending more of our grocery money on processed foods. And other insights.
May 30, 2012 The U.S. is the world's biggest economy, but it's not the richest country. China is a huge world power, but it's still quite poor.
May 14, 2012 Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time?
May 10, 2012 U.S. exports aren't limited to stuff. We also sell billions of dollars worth of ideas to people around the world.
May 3, 2012 Forty years ago, only 1 in 3 American workers was a woman. Today, it's 1 in 2. What jobs did all those women get? And how did gender breakdowns change by industry?
April 23, 2012 Total student debt has gone through the roof. But the average debt per college grad has gone up much more slowly.
April 13, 2012 How much did people in your income bracket pay in taxes? And what was the government's total tax take, from all sources?
April 5, 2012 See two graphs that show how we spend our money today, and how our spending patterns have changed since 1949.
March 21, 2012 What do Americans do for a living? How has the picture changed over the past several decades? Here's the answer, in two graphs.
What America Sells the World
Lam Thuy Vo /NPR
March 14, 2012 Last year, U.S. exports were worth $2.1 trillion. Which raises a simple question: $2.1 trillion worth of what?
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