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Twelve Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil

Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Dave Gilson, Mother Jones | Report
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In the past 20 years, the US economy has grown nearly 60 percent. This huge increase in productivity is partly due to automation, the internet, and other improvements in efficiency. But it's also the result of Americans working harder—often without a big boost to their bottom lines. Oh, and meanwhile, corporate profits are up 20 percent. (Also read our essay on the great speedup and harrowing first-person tales of overwork.)

ALSO SEE: Overworked America: The Great Speedup

Sources

Productivity/income: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office (PDF), Economic Policy Institute, Census Bureau (Excel)

GDP/jobs: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Stephen Gordon, Université Laval

Sector growth: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Minimum Wage: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute, Wider Opportunities for Women (PDF)

50 hours: Center for American Progress (PDF)

Unions: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute

Benefits maps: McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

Email: Pew Internet & American Life Project (PDF)

Second shift: Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF)

Housework: Michigan Institute for Social Research

Dave Gilson

Dave Gilson is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories, follow him on Twitter, or contact him at dgilson (at) motherjones (dot) com. Get Dave Gilson's RSS feed.

 

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Twelve Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil

Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Dave Gilson, Mother Jones | Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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In the past 20 years, the US economy has grown nearly 60 percent. This huge increase in productivity is partly due to automation, the internet, and other improvements in efficiency. But it's also the result of Americans working harder—often without a big boost to their bottom lines. Oh, and meanwhile, corporate profits are up 20 percent. (Also read our essay on the great speedup and harrowing first-person tales of overwork.)

ALSO SEE: Overworked America: The Great Speedup

Sources

Productivity/income: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office (PDF), Economic Policy Institute, Census Bureau (Excel)

GDP/jobs: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Stephen Gordon, Université Laval

Sector growth: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Minimum Wage: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute, Wider Opportunities for Women (PDF)

50 hours: Center for American Progress (PDF)

Unions: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute

Benefits maps: McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

Email: Pew Internet & American Life Project (PDF)

Second shift: Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF)

Housework: Michigan Institute for Social Research

Dave Gilson

Dave Gilson is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories, follow him on Twitter, or contact him at dgilson (at) motherjones (dot) com. Get Dave Gilson's RSS feed.

 

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Overworked America: The Great Speedup
By Monika Bauerlein, Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones | Report