As part of my evolving effort to do more to encourage others to base votes for elected officials on hard numbers and quantitative evidence rather than subjective and possibly biased perceptions and intuitions (not to mention fake-news), I’ve decided to start collecting various economic data to help readers gauge the potential impact of the Trump administration on the overall health and well-being of the U.S. economy.
This new feature is called “Economic Snapshot,” and you can find a link here and at the top of the blog and in the sidebar.
This new page, which will almost certainly continue to change and evolve over time, features charts with up-to-date information on a number of important economic issues, including unemployment, labor force participation, job creation, inflation, and income inequality. Of course, it’s impossible to provide an entirely complete picture of something as large and complex as the U.S. economy in just a few charts. So, it’s best to look at the information gathered here as merely a rough snapshot of the current state of the economy and jobs market – hence the name. That said, I’ve attempted to put things in context by providing economic and jobs data stretching back to at least the year 2000.
Now of course, I’m neither a political scientist nor an economist. So, this is as much an effort to better educate myself, as a concerned and curious citizen, as it is an effort to better educate others. In any event, I hope you’ll follow along and participate in intelligent discussion about both the current state of our country’s economy and where things might be going from here.
And if you’re interested in keeping tabs on various non-economic metrics related to the 45th President of the United States – from favorability ratings and job approval numbers (once they become available) to media-sponsored fact-checks and recent tweets from the President himself – then feel free to check out my “Trump Tracker.”
Brian Kurilla is a psychological scientist with a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. You can follow Brian on Twitter @briankurilla