Chart of the Day


  Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

Chart: What’s the real unemployment rate?

Posted By: Ben Berkowitz

The U.S. Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in February—but does that rate tell the real story?

A number of economists look past the "main" unemployment rate to a different figure the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls "U-6," which it defines as "total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of all civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers."

In other words, the unemployed, the underemployed and the discouraged — a rate that still remains high.

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  Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Religious giving slides

As millions of Christians head to their local churches for Ash Wednesday, a report from Giving USA Foundation shows that donations made to religious organizations have slowed of late.

Americans gave religious organizations $101.54 billion in 2012, down just 0.2 percent from 2011—but that's a 2.2 percent decline when adjusted for inflation, the report showed. Still, religious organizations—mostly houses of worship—receive the largest share of total U.S. donations, claiming 32 percent of charitable dollars.

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  Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Bitcoin's comeback?

You can't keep a good virtual currency down.

Despite the failure of Mt.Gox and the smaller Flexcoin, bitcoin has been on a tear in recent days.

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  Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Fast food in America

America loves its burgers. Tacos, too. Also sandwiches. Really anything that's relatively cheap and can be gotten and eaten quickly.

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  Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

Chart of the Day: The mortgage market's plunge

Something has gone wrong in the mortgage market.

At the start of the spring house-selling season, mortgage applications should start to rise. But instead, applications in the most recent week fell to their lowest level since 1995.

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  Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Bitcoin keeps sinking

Bitcoin investors could be forgiven for wanting to do 2014 all over again.

The latest troubles with the online exchange Mt.Gox have only pushed the price of the virtual currency lower and eroded confidence in the nascent platform.

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  Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Bank CEO pay on the rise

Bank CEOs had a very good year in 2013—millions and millions of dollars worth of good.

Compensation for top executives at the big banks rose substantially last year, according to the most recently released data.

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  Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

Chart of the Day: America's most taxed big cities

Think New York City is the most burdensome place to live in America? Or maybe Los Angeles?

Forget it, not even close.

The office of the chief financial officer of the District of Columbia produces an annual report looking at combined tax burdens (income, property, sales and auto) at five different household income levels for a family of three in the largest city in each state.

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  Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 5:57 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Bitcoin's rapid plunge

It's been a bad few days for bitcoin, the digital currency whose value rivaled gold at one point not long ago.

Multiple exchanges suspended withdrawals of bitcoins last week amid security problems, calling into question its viability.

(Read more: Exchange to resume withdrawals)

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  Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Shoppers break up with V-Day

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Fewer shoppers are feeling the love this Valentine's Day.

Following holiday season woes that the retail industry has failed to shake in the new year, the National Retail Federation said it expects Valentine's Day spending to reach $17.3 billion in 2014. That's a decline of about 7 percent from last year's tab of $18.6 billion.

(Read more: High-tech Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart)

"Consumers can expect Cupid's holiday to resemble the promotional holiday season we saw just a few months ago, as retailers recognize that their customers are still looking for the biggest bang for their buck," said federation President Matthew Shay.

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