Andrew Van Dam

Washington, D.C.

Reporter focusing on economic data

Education: University of Oklahoma; University of Missouri

Andrew Van Dam covers data and economics. He previously did similar work for the Wall Street Journal, and dissimilar work for the Boston Globe and the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Latest from Andrew Van Dam

Which birds are the biggest jerks at the feeder? A massive data analysis reveals the answer.

According to an analysis of almost 100,000 bird interactions, big birds like crows are the kings and queens of the feeder, but scrappy mockingbirds and woodpeckers punch above their weight. Doves do not.

November 28, 2021

How to quit? Here’s what experts say people should know during the Great Resignation

Your queries about quitting are not uncommon: Searches about resigning are at a ten-year high, according to data provided by Google.

November 17, 2021

The government dramatically underestimated job growth this summer

Initial reports underestimated job growth by a cumulative 626,000 over four months, feeding a narrative of economic stagnation that was debunked as additional data was released.

November 16, 2021

Pandemic math: Retiring without Social Security

The Americans who are retiring — but delaying claiming Social Security benefits. Plus, the next installment in our Teens in America series: a story about students taking on the job of educating their peers about race.

November 11, 2021

Prices climbed 6.2 percent in October compared with last year, largest rise in 3 decades, as inflation strains economy

Inflation continues to weigh on the economy, and it's unclear when prices will ease and supply chains will clear, especially given how vulnerable the economy remains to the pandemic.

November 10, 2021

The latest twist in the ‘Great Resignation’: Retiring but delaying Social Security

A combination of stimulus checks, thriving portfolios and pandemic-related savings on travel, dining and commuting has given some workers a reason to hold off on Social Security — a move that all but guarantees higher monthly payments in the future.

November 1, 2021

U.S. economic growth lagged in the third quarter, but hopeful signs abound for the rest of 2021

The GDP report, released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, offered yet another snapshot of an economy overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic.

October 28, 2021

Democrats’ billionaire tax would heavily target 10 wealthiest Americans, but alternative plan is emerging

Many lawmakers want to resolve their differences by the end of the week, but they are still stuck on the thorny issue of taxation.

October 26, 2021

The permanently temporary 2021 economy, in charts

Uncertainty obscures the path forward. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening, in five charts.

October 16, 2021

A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage

The numbers were a reflection of the leverage workers have in the current economic market, with job openings outnumbering unemployed workers.

October 12, 2021