U.S. Unemployment: A Historical View

The Wall Street Journal

A heatmap tracking the national unemployment rate since 1948, the first year in which the government provides data that can reliably be compared with the current rate. Numbers are seasonally adjusted.

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Congress Age Distribution

By Alex Lowe, Kurt Wilberding and Ana Rivas | The Wall Street Journal

The 111th Congress, which convened in 2009, is among the oldest in U.S. history. The average age of members of Congress has risen steadily since 1981, with just a slight hiccup in the early 1990s; the rise is likely the result of a high incumbency rate, the aging of the U.S. population, and the first-time elections of older candidates. Roll over the charts below to learn more.

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