As a result of the Occupy Wall Street Movement bringing concerns about income inequality to the news cycle, my goal was to find data related to this topic. I didn’t have an agenda, really – I just wanted to be able to confirm or deny whether their claims are legitimate.
Of course, the data were easy to get. It’s found here at the Census Bureau’s website. It shows mean income for each Fifth of households on an annual basis from 1967 to 2010. All values are shown in 2010 dollars, which adjusts for changes in purchasing power over time.
As a former Girl Scout and lover of creative graphs, I wholeheartedly approve of this. You know what else I wholeheartedly approve of? Thin Mints.
via I Love Charts, original source Wired Magazine
It’s back-to-school week for many of us. My daughter started a new school. She loves it, though I’m pretty sure the love is highly correlated with the new playground and her new pink backpack and lunch bag at this point. The world she is growing up in is so much different than the one that anyone in their 20s or older grew up in. Education today is less about going to school or the library and stuffing your head full of information, and more about knowing that the information is out there and ready to be found and used.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Non-Farm employment is down almost 1% from April 2001 to April 2011. Not un-employment. Employment. This sounds far worse when you consider that the US Census Bureau estimates that our population increases by one net person every 12 seconds. It’s like a game of musical chairs, except that more players are entering the game as time goes by.
Are you going to be able to find a chair the next time the music stops?
A few years ago, I was in rural West Texas looking for headstones of family members in a cemetery. Fun way to spend a Saturday, right? It was nearly record-setting heat in July, and I didn’t bring enough water with me. The search took longer than any of us had expected and by the time I was thirsty, I was starting to feel awful. I found a rusty faucet in the ground and frantically turned the handle. I didn’t care if it was treated water that was safe to drink or not. It was wet, and that’s all that mattered.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m kind of a nerd. I heard on the news the other day that home prices are falling once again, and my first thought was “I want to see that graphed!” rather than “Oh no, the economy is collapsing!”
I grabbed the Case Shiller Home Price index information and plotted it as a simple time series in a Line Plot. Easy. But paraphrasing the words that Tina Turner sang: “I never do nothin’ nice and easy.”