Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11
Focusing on the degrees awarded by four-year colleges misses much of what postsecondary institutions offer today.
Only 1% of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2004 had accumulated up to $50,000 in debt
By 2008, the number rose to 3 percent; by 2012, it was up to 10 percent.
5: The number of states with no minimum wage requirement
Of the 74 million employees paid an hourly wage in 2011, 3.8 million, or 5.2 percent, were paid the federal minimum or less.
Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at
$290 million in 2007
In 2007, Atlanta’s underground sex economy was nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.
ARMs accounted for as much as 29% of new originations during the peak of the housing bubble
Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) fell to a historic low of 1 percent in 2009, and now consist of 6 percent of total originations.
As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012
The drop can be attributed to low credit availability. Black and Hispanic borrowers have been disproportionately affected.