Planet Money

1:19 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The 47 percent, in one graphic

The Planet Money team breaks down the numbers behind the statistic making the news today. Learn more via the link.
Our colleague Mark Memmot explains the context around Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. Here's a closer look at the numbers. As of the latest accounting, it's actually just over 46 percent of Americans that pay no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center (PDF).
12:32 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

What Americans actually do all weekend, in 2 graphics

We know. A post about the weekend on a Monday - but it's a very interesting post about the weekend, and what Americans actually do during those "days of rest." Check out the latest from the Planet Money team via the link.
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Sleeping, cleaning, hanging out. How the average working American spends a day off, down to the second.
3:27 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Where the bailouts stand, in 1 graphic

Planet Money breaks down the "how much they got" and "how much they've paid back" of the bailouts of the financial system and auto industry. Check it out via the link.
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It's been four years since the U.S. launched a massive bailout of the financial system and the auto industry. While much of the bailout money has been paid back, the government still owns large shares in companies such as AIG and GM, and has yet to recoup some $200 billion in bailouts.
12:44 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Jobs in America, in 2 graphs

The Planet Money team takes a visual look at the new jobs numbers, out today. Check it out, via the link.
Update, 8:52 a.m.: The number of non-farm jobs in the U.S. increased by 96,000 in August, according to the jobs report. Three years into the recovery, the U.S. jobs picture is still bleak. There are 4.7 million fewer jobs today than there were in January 2008, the month when employment peaked.
12:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

What Americans actually do all day long, in 2 graphics

What are we doing all day long? The Planet Money team at NPR shows us. Does the average American day portrayed here look like yours?
Here's how the average American with a full-time job spends a typical workday: Here's a more detailed breakdown of two of the categories listed above: Notes: The figures come from the American Time Use Survey, which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are, of course, averages.
12:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Graphics: the child workforce in 1920 America

Another fascinating graphic and exploration from the Planet Money team. Check it out via the link.
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So I was looking through an old Census report and I found a chapter entitled "Children in Gainful Occupations." Turns out, about 1 million children age 10 to 15 were working in America in 1920 (out of a total population of 12 million kids in that age range).