The higher their level of education, the more likely an individual is to say that his or her current job is a career or a steppingstone toward a career, a relationship that also crosses generational boundaries.
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The higher their level of education, the more likely an individual is to say that his or her current job is a career or a steppingstone toward a career, a relationship that also crosses generational boundaries.

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NEW REPORT: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

Americans’ Views on Inequality

65% of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has widened in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, and nearly seven-in-ten Americans said the government should do “a lot” (43%) or “some” (26%) to reduce the gap. 

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Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%), according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA TODAY survey.

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%), according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA TODAY survey.

Our annual list of the public’s top policy priorities is out, just in time for tomorrow’s State of the Union address. For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public. 

Our annual list of the public’s top policy priorities is out, just in time for tomorrow’s State of the Union address. For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public. 

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. 

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge

Wealth inequality in the U.S. is even greater than income inequality. NYU economist Edward Wolff has found that, while the highest-earning fifth of U.S. families earned 59.1% of all income, the richest fifth held 88.9% of all wealth.
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Wealth inequality in the U.S. is even greater than income inequality. NYU economist Edward Wolff has found that, while the highest-earning fifth of U.S. families earned 59.1% of all income, the richest fifth held 88.9% of all wealth.

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The median duration of unemployment ticked up to 17.1 weeks last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The median duration of unemployment ticked up to 17.1 weeks last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Our new report on migration around the world is out.

A rising share of international migrants now lives in today’s high-income countries such as the United States and Germany, while a growing share was born in today’s middle-income nations such as India and Mexico, the analysis finds.

Our new report on migration around the world is out.

A rising share of international migrants now lives in today’s high-income countries such as the United States and Germany, while a growing share was born in today’s middle-income nations such as India and Mexico, the analysis finds.

From Fact Tank: The growing economic clout of the college educated
Currently, 43% approve of the way that Barack Obama is handling the economy, while 52% disapprove. Obama’s job rating on the economy has shown little change this year. Views of Obama’s handling of the economy have been consistently more negative than positive since shortly after he took office in early 2009.

Currently, 43% approve of the way that Barack Obama is handling the economy, while 52% disapprove. Obama’s job rating on the economy has shown little change this year. Views of Obama’s handling of the economy have been consistently more negative than positive since shortly after he took office in early 2009.

The belief that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the financial crisis is widely shared across demographic groups. There are partisan differences, however, with Democrats more likely than Republicans or independents to say that the system is more secure.
Large majorities of Republicans (80%) and independents (68%) say the economic system is not more secure than prior to the financial crisis. Democrats are divided: 51% say the system is more secure today while 45% say it is not.
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The belief that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the financial crisis is widely shared across demographic groups. There are partisan differences, however, with Democrats more likely than Republicans or independents to say that the system is more secure.

Large majorities of Republicans (80%) and independents (68%) say the economic system is not more secure than prior to the financial crisis. Democrats are divided: 51% say the system is more secure today while 45% say it is not.

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NEW QUIZ: Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world. This new quiz is based on key findings from our recent 39-country global attitudes survey. Take the quiz now. 

NEW QUIZ: Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world. This new quiz is based on key findings from our recent 39-country global attitudes survey. Take the quiz now

What people around the world think about their financial situation, according to our 2012 survey of global opinion.

What people around the world think about their financial situation, according to our 2012 survey of global opinion.