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Economic Indicators

Set of graphical economic indicators spanning 40 years of the American economy / 20 charts and info grahpics / Investigative Reporting Workshop

By Monica Arpino, Michael Lawson, Alissa Scheller and Yasmine El-Sabawi, with contributions from Kat Aaron and Madeline Beard.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 10.12.04 PMPrior to publication, I proofed this set of graphics against the data on which the graphics are based to ensure technical accuracy and formatting consistency.

The economic story of the past 40 years — wage stagnation, increased poverty rates, rising consumer debt — stands in sharp contrast to earlier periods in American history, when an expanding economy brought broader prosperity and created a large and dynamic middle class. These charts tell the story in ways that words, alone, cannot.

See the full set of graphics and download a PDF here.

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