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What New York’s Minimum Wage Proposal For Fast Food Workers Is Really Worth

fivethirtyeight.com — Fast food workers in New York City might be about to get a big raise. The even bigger news: Workers in Buffalo might, too. A New York state commission voted Wednesday to recommend the state raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour in New York City by 2018 and in the rest of the state by 2021.
Jul 22, 2015

The proposed new minimum wage for fast food workers is a big deal in NYC. It's an even bigger deal in Buffalo. 53eig.ht/1CQwymR

Jul 22, 2015

In New York City proper, the cost-adjusted minimum wage is now under $5 an hour. 53eig.ht/1CQwymR

Jul 22, 2015

Adjusted for cost of living, proposed new fast food wage is much higher upstate than in NYC. 53eig.ht/1CQwymR pic.twitter.com/RhQvo9P7CH

Jul 22, 2015

RT @bencasselman: In New York City proper, the cost-adjusted minimum wage is now under $5 an hour. 53eig.ht/1CQwymR

Jul 22, 2015

It doesn't make a lot of sense to have the same minimum wage in New York City and Buffalo. 53eig.ht/1MlkXy9

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The Numbers Behind Hillary Clinton’s Economic Vision

fivethirtyeight.com — There was a single thread running through Hillary Clinton's big economics speech on Monday: the importance of raising wages for working Americans. That's no coincidence: The six-year-old economic recovery has succeeded in restoring corporate profits and creating jobs, but it hasn't brought pay raises for many workers.
Jul 13, 2015

Household income figures are grim -- but maybe not quite as grim as Hillary makes them sound. 53eig.ht/1HDKa0l pic.twitter.com/nMVTFLRYLL

Jul 13, 2015

RT @andrewflowers: Clinton wants paid parental leave, to boost female LFP, which peaked in 2000 & since declined: 53eig.ht/1HrktkB ht…

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Jeb Bush Was Right: Americans Need To Work Longer Hours

fivethirtyeight.com — Jeb Bush's claim Wednesday that Americans "need to work longer hours" may have been bad politics, but he got the economics pretty much right. The comment came in an interview with the editorial board of the Manchester Union-Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper.
Jul 09, 2015

Jeb Bush "got the economics pretty much right" when he said Americans need to work longer hours,says @FiveThirtyEight fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/jeb-bu…

Jul 09, 2015

Jeb is right: Participation, hours, productivity all weak. Now what's he going to do about it? 53eig.ht/1HQ996S pic.twitter.com/qwe8DtQxPi

Jul 09, 2015

RT @bencasselman: Jeb is right: Participation, hours, productivity all weak. Now what's he going to do about it? 53eig.ht/1HQ996S pic.twitter.com/qwe8DtQxPi

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Calm Markets Are Bad News For Greek Negotiators

fivethirtyeight.com — Greek voters delivered Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a big victory on Sunday. Financial markets on Monday may be dealing him just as big a loss. In Sunday's referendum, Greece overwhelmingly rejected a European bailout package that would have forced the country to accept further tax increases and spending cuts in return for billions of euros in financial support.

Don’t Let The Disappointing June Jobs Report Distract From The Long-Term Trend

fivethirtyeight.com — Economic growth speeds up and slows down. Oil prices rise and fall. Greece passes in and out of crisis. But the U.S. job market just keeps going. U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly report Thursday.
Jul 02, 2015

Mildly disappointing jobs report. But jobs recovery has been remarkable over the past 4 years. 53eig.ht/1gcJnh1 pic.twitter.com/aynkxuAUAM

Jul 02, 2015

RT @bencasselman: Mildly disappointing jobs report. But jobs recovery has been remarkable over the past 4 years. 53eig.ht/1gcJnh1 pic.twitter.com/aynkxuAUAM

Jul 02, 2015

57 months of job growth. 4 years since the last truly bad report. The jobs recovery has been impressive. 53eig.ht/1gcJnh1

Jul 02, 2015

RT @bencasselman: 57 months of job growth. 4 years since the last truly bad report. The jobs recovery has been impressive. 53eig.ht/1gcJnh1

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Some Parts Of America Are Aging Much Faster Than Others

fivethirtyeight.com — The U.S. is getting older - fast. Nearly 300,000 Americans are turning 65 each month; a decade from now, according to official projections, nearly one in five Americans will be what is typically considered retirement age. The graying of the population has huge implications for politics, the economy and society at large.
Jun 25, 2015

But a few places with high birth rates -- most notably Utah -- are still getting younger. 53eig.ht/1Hg1RJx pic.twitter.com/RZfJuaVoDL

Jun 25, 2015

Lack of jobs has led workers to leave rural areas -- small-town America is aging as a result. 53eig.ht/1Hg1RJx pic.twitter.com/GqKKfcNivl

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We’re Hiring An Art Director

fivethirtyeight.com — We like the way FiveThirtyEight looks, but we've decided to hire an art director to make it look even better. The art director, reporting to the creative director, will help develop new designs for the site and will help ensure that illustrations, photographs and video fit the "look and feel" of FiveThirtyEight's data journalism.

A Good Jobs Report, But Not Yet A Full Recovery

fivethirtyeight.com — The job market has been getting so much better for so long that it's reasonable to start asking whether it has at last fully healed from the recession that ended six years ago this month. But most of the evidence suggests the answer is still "no." U.S.
Jun 05, 2015

Has the job market fully healed from the recession? The best evidence still says "no." 53eig.ht/1KeXP3e pic.twitter.com/amzl5jFSrA

Jun 05, 2015

How do we know the job market isn't fully healed? 1. Still no acceleration in wage growth. 53eig.ht/1KeXP3e pic.twitter.com/ERURs6r8MI

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Where Police Have Killed Americans In 2015

fivethirtyeight.com — On Monday, the Guardian launched " The Counted," an impressive interactive database of Americans killed by police since the start of the year. As of Tuesday, the database had 467 entries; the Guardian plans to add to it going forward. As we've written repeatedly, official statistics on police killings are deeply flawed.
Jun 03, 2015

RT @AdamSerwer: "Police killings tend to take place in neighborhoods that are poorer and blacker than the U.S. as a whole." fivethirtyeight.com/features/where…

Jun 03, 2015

Killings by police tend to happen in areas that are poorer/blacker than the U.S. as a whole. 53eig.ht/1cxGJQl pic.twitter.com/fSAhQkWmdu

Jun 03, 2015

Killings by police tend to happen in places that are poorer and blacker than the U.S. as a whole fivethirtyeight.com/features/where…

Jun 03, 2015

RT @bencasselman: Killings by police tend to happen in areas that are poorer/blacker than the U.S. as a whole. 53eig.ht/1cxGJQl pic.twitter.com/fSAhQkWmdu

Jun 03, 2015

RT @FiveThirtyEight: Police killings tend to happen in places that are poorer and blacker than the U.S. as a whole: 53eig.ht/1Q6Vigp pic.twitter.com/tJCWRzugv1

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Breaking Music Down To Its Genes

fivethirtyeight.com — Collectors Meet Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist for Pandora and architect of the Music Genome Project. Gasser has categorized more than 500 unique genes across seven genres of music, and his genome project is the most extensive categorization of music in history. Now, Gasser is trying to create data-driven music therapy.
May 21, 2015

This FiveThirtyEight video about Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist at Pandora, isn't long and is well worth the time. 53eig.ht/1FAXwje

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Aug 03, 2015

@NickTimiraos Sure, story included appropriate caveats. But where's evidence companies are actually "souring"?

Aug 03, 2015

Big @WSJ story on companies reconsidering incorporation in Delaware--with no examples of companies leaving Delaware. wsj.com/articles/dole-…

Aug 02, 2015

And yes, this means I now look up google trends data on my random-curiosity searches. I blame @NateSilver538.

Aug 02, 2015

RT @JHWeissmann: Rattner's heart is basically in the right place here, but I'm chafing at some of the really bad analysis nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opi…

Aug 02, 2015

RT @sbanjo: Dear Twitter: My Mom's in need of a kidney donor. Can you please share widely? The more who see, the closer we'll get pic.twitter.com/wzLXGEGGjH

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