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Not so likely life of The Simpsons

For The Atlantic, Dani Alexis Ryskamp compares the financials of The Simpsons against present day medians, arguing that the fictional family’s lifestyle is no longer attainable: The purchasing power of Homer’s paycheck, moreover, has shrunk dramatically. The median house costs 2.4 times what it did in the mid-’90s. Health-care expenses for one person are three times what they were 25 years ago. The median tuition for a four-year college is...

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Historical cost of light

These days, most of us don’t have to do much to turn on a light when it’s dark out. But what if I told you it used to take a lot more time and money to get that sweet artificial light? For The Pudding, Ilia Blinderman and Jan Diehm equate scrolling down one pixel to one second for an average waged worker. See how much you have to scroll/work to...

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Unemployment and Occupation

Unemployment has hit some industries more than others. Here's how the most recent estimates compare against last year's. Read More

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Remote work and industry

Some industries are more compatible with remote work than others. Jonathan I. Dingel and Brent Neiman at the University of Chicago estimated the scale of the differences. For Reuters, Sarah Slobin reports using a variable width bar chart to show likelihood of close contact with others against likelihood of in person work: Professional, management and technology jobs run the gamut from accountants and architects to lawyers, insurance underwriters and web...

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Occupation Growth and Decline

We looked at shifts in job distribution over the past several decades, but it was difficult to see by how much each occupation group changed individually. The chart below makes the changes more obvious. For example, computer and math jobs went from relative nothing to a +544% explosion since 1970. Changes Since 1970 As you might expect, jobs in computers and math grew a lot over the past several decades,...

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How Job Groups Changed Over the Past Seven Decades

In the 1950s, almost half of all employed people were either in farming or manufacturing. As you can imagine, work changed a bit over the years. Read More

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Salary and Occupation

Stating the obvious, salaries vary across occupations. Here are some charts that show by how much for 800 of them. Read More

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How Much Commuting is Too Much?

One person's long commute is another's dream. Another person's normal might be someone else's nightmare. What counts as a long commute depends on where you live. Read More

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Job Switching by Age

Looking at the 100 most common jobs people switched to, a timeline comes into view when we adjust the relative switch rates by age. Read More

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Where Your Job is Most Popular

Some jobs are common nationwide, because they are needed everywhere. Others are more specific to geography. See where job falls on the spectrum. Read More

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