Map & Data Resources

By Craig Gurian, By Mike Alberti | Banking
There has been a lot of reporting in recent weeks about how big banks have fallen on hard times. One would be forgiven for getting the impression that these banks are not doing much better than barely scraping by. But the data tell another story. In 2011, for example, the profits of Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo each exceeded the profits of Google. The average profit from 2005 to 2011 for Apple was less than that for Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. More
By Mike Alberti | Income inequality, Taxes
Average income of the top 1 percent of Americans, along with their share of total income, is recovering more after the Great Recession than is the case for other Americans, according to just-analyzed 2009 and 2010 data. The subsets of the top 1 percent — that is, the top one-tenth and top one-hundredth of 1 percent — are faring better as well. The top 1 percent of families captured 93 percent of total income growth from 2009 to 2010. More
By Lori Bikson | Corporate influence, Taxes
Three new visualizations situate 2011 corporate taxes in context of the entire period since World War II. Administration moves ahead with plans to lower corporate rates further — despite 2011 data reflecting lower revenue per capita, a lower effective rate, and a lower share of all tax revenue than in most years since 1946. More
By Mike Alberti | Economy, Labor
For nearly two decades after World War II, growth in the average wages of manufacturing workers closed tracked — and sometimes exceeded — growth in their productivity. But for the last 40 years, the two have diverged dramatically. Productivity has soared while wages have stagnated. The result? American manufacturing workers are producing more goods than ever, but making less in inflation adjusted wages than they did in 1970. More
By Margaret Moslander | Infrastructure, Role of government
As time goes on, it is ever easier to forget the legacy of the Public Works Administration, one of the signature initiatives of the New Deal. But that legacy lives on, embedded in the fabric of communities all through the United States. Using data gathered from the National Archives, this visualization examines the scope and type of projects built in New York State — assistance that cost over $6 billion in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars. The viz is accompanied by two photo essays of various projects built in New York City. More
By Craig Gurian | NYC
Peaks and valleys across agencies and across the decades. More
By Mike Alberti | Employment
Easy ways to visualize not only the large numbers of unemployed workers, but underemployed, "marginally attached," and "discouraged" workers as well. More
By Mike Alberti | Banking
The Financial Stability Board recently deemed 29 banks to be “globally systemically important financial institutions,” including eight U.S. banks. Most of those banks have gotten bigger since the end of 2008. Use these tools to compare the assets of these banks over time. More