How Americans Spending Habits Compare With Other Countries

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Economy & Finance

From The Washington Post

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a fascinating new report out that compares consumer budgets in the United States, Canada, Britain and Japan. As the graph below shows, there’s a huge amount of variation in what people in each country are spending their money on: 

Union Membership by State

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

In the early 1970s, one in four American workers belong to a labor union. Last year, they represented about 12 percent of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

This map shows membership by state, with darker shades representing higher proportions of the workforce in unions. North Carolina has the lowest percentage of union workers: 3.2 percent. New York has the highest: 24.2 percent. 

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This map has the same data, but in an interactive format: 

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Download data