“Invisibility is an unnatural disaster”: Why funding the 2020 Census matters for Pacific Islanders

The catchall category “AAPI” is popular among researchers and race equity advocates, but can conflate the identities and issues of two distinct groups.

Has the black-white disparity in death rates for older adults really disappeared?

A new CDC report suggests that the black-white disparity in death rates has vanished. But the real story on mortality trends is more nuanced.

“Model minority” myth hides the economic realities of many Asian Americans

The variation within the Asian population is often overlooked because disaggregated data is difficult to come by.

Do state spending differences create an unequal playing field for children?

Wide disparities in public investment raise concerns about whether children nationwide are on equal footing when pursuing the American Dream.

In DC, new child care regulations are a promising start

New child care regulations put DC at the leading edge of a field typically marked by low wages and inconsistent quality.

Past-due medical debt a problem, especially for black Americans

Nearly one in three nonelderly black Americans have past-due medical bills—a concerning number given the consequences for physical and financial health.

Four lessons to help the new secretary of labor build a skilled workforce

To build a strong workforce, Alex Acosta would be wise to rely on what we know about effective workforce development programs.

Structural racism places the burden of proposed budget cuts on people of color

Due to the circumstances in which many people of color find themselves because of structural racism, budgetary shifts will disproportionately affect communities of color.

How jobseekers can benefit from employment data

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a regular report with data useful not just for labor economists and researchers, but also for jobseekers.

Only data can tell us if jobs are “coming back”

Public interest in manufacturing and mining jobs is higher than usual, but to see if new policies and programs are working, we need data.