The Clinton economy, in charts

Former president Bill Clinton is speaking at the Democratic National Convention tonight, and is sure to spark a lot of commentary about the contrast between the economic boom times of the Clinton administration and the stop and start recovery of the past four years. But what actually was Clinton's economic record?

By Dylan Matthews September 5, 2012

The trends behind Romney’s numbers

Romney didn't lie last night. Every one of his claims was true as he phrased it. But a viewer could be forgiven for thinking that poverty and inflation have been at unprecedented highs under Obama. They haven't.

By Dylan Matthews August 31, 2012

Yes, we have no inflation

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest Consumer Product Index (CPI) numbers today, giving the most recent estimate of the rate of inflation. The short version: there isn't any.

By Dylan Matthews August 15, 2012

The GDP report in 6 charts

The headline figures from today's GDP report for the second quarter of 2012 aren't great: first quarter growth was revised up to 2.0 percent from 1.9, and second quarter growth was at 1.5 percent, neither of which looks particularly great. But there was a lot more to the report than just those numbers. So what else did it tell us?

By Dylan Matthews July 27, 2012