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The Economy’s Crisis Ended Under Obama, But Its Long-Term Problems Didn’t

The Economy’s Crisis Ended Under Obama, But Its Long-Term Problems Didn’t
fivethirtyeight.com — This is More Economics In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. To understand the dueling narratives of the U.S. economic recovery, look no further than the stories atop the country's two leading newspaper websites Thursday morning.

Licensing Laws Are Shutting Young People Out Of The Job Market

Licensing Laws Are Shutting Young People Out Of The Job Market
fivethirtyeight.com — This is More Economics In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. Young people entering the job market have always faced challenges: a lack of skills and experience, limited professional networks, unfamiliarity with workplace culture and expectations.

Ban Tax Day (As We Know It)

Ban Tax Day (As We Know It)
fivethirtyeight.com — This is In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren don't agree on much. The Texas senator is trying to become the most conservative Republican presidential nominee since Barry Goldwater, or maybe ever.

Everyone Files Their Taxes At The Last Minute

Everyone Files Their Taxes At The Last Minute
fivethirtyeight.com — Americans are a nation of procrastinators. Our tax returns prove it. More Economics Last year, 21.5 million Americans waited until the last minute - or at least the last week - to submit their tax returns. That's roughly one in seven filers, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.

Trump’s Support Would Be Easier To Explain With Better Polling

Trump’s Support Would Be Easier To Explain With Better Polling
fivethirtyeight.com — This is More Economics In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. If Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, it will probably be because of his policies on trade.

Why Libraries Are the Safest Place for Homeless People

The Rising Unemployment Rate Is Good News

The Rising Unemployment Rate Is Good News
fivethirtyeight.com — The unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in March from 4.9 percent in February, according to Friday's jobs report. That's within the margin of error, so the Bureau of Labor Statistics officially says the rate was "little changed." But in any case, it didn't fall.

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Makes A Lot Less Sense Outside Of Silicon Valley

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Makes A Lot Less Sense Outside Of Silicon Valley
fivethirtyeight.com — This is In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. Give credit to the "Fight for $15" movement to raise the minimum wage.

Shut Up About Harvard

Shut Up About Harvard
fivethirtyeight.com — It's college admissions season, which means it's time once again for the annual flood of stories that badly misrepresent what higher education looks like for most American students - and skew the public debate over everything from student debt to the purpose of college in the process.

The Job Market Is Pulling In People Who Didn’t Want To Work Before

The Job Market Is Pulling In People Who Didn’t Want To Work Before
fivethirtyeight.com — This is More Economics In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. When last month's jobs report showed a surge in labor-force participation, a lot of reporters - including me - wrote that Americans were finally returning to the labor force.
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May 03, 2016

RT @NateSilver538: If Sanders wins Indiana tonight, here's what he need the rest of the way.. 53eig.ht/1Z9Xjso pic.twitter.com/GTL3DHIXq88

May 03, 2016

@IndianaGoat Sorry, didn't realize we'd somehow gotten it wrong in the post. We're fixing now. Apologies and thx for flagging it.

May 03, 2016

Indiana crosses time zones and didn't used to agree on daylight saving either. Welcome to "fast time" v "slow time." 53eig.ht/1TteqRR

May 03, 2016

Finally managed to give Crawford County, Indiana, it's long-deserved @FiveThirtyEight shoutout: espn.go.com/video/clip?id=…

May 03, 2016

@HumbleRando I agree that's often a problem. I didn't detect it here, which is why I asked. I want to avoid that trap in my own work.

May 03, 2016

@elbowspeak You've got to get up a lot earlier than this if you think you're going to be the first one to point out my grammar "errors."


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