Charts and Data

Because of space constraints, the text of my book Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy does not include charts presenting the data it discusses. Below are links to interactive charts I have created. Click on the chart images and select the Data tab to see the data I described in prose in the book. The charts are intended not just to flesh out the various trends that Cut Loose examines, but hopefully will also provide a generally useful source of information for people interested in inequality and unemployment. Feel free to link to or embed these charts on your own websites.

Note: More charts are continually being added. I update the data when I have the time.

Labor Market

Unemployment rate (United States) [BLS]

Labor force participation rate (United States) [BLS]

Employment-population ratio (United States) [BLS]

Unemployment vs. labor force participation rate (United States) [BLS]

Part-time workers (United States) [BLS]

Educational attainment (United States) [Census]

Long-term unemployment (United States) [BLS]

Manufacturing employment (United States) [BLS]

Manufacturing employment (G8 countries) [OECD]

Presentation slides: Structural and Cultural Barriers to Employment for the Working Class (co-presented with Brian Halpin, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty webinar), June 13, 2018


Union membership and wealth inequality (United States) [OECD, Riddell, and Saez and Zucman data]


Union membership (United States) [OECD, Riddell, and BLS data]

Union membership (United States and Canada) [OECD and Riddell data]

Union membership (G8 countries) [OECD]

Union membership, by race (United States) [BLS]

Union approval and disapproval (United States) [Gallup]

Social Support

Family structure (United States) [CDC]

Religious preference (United States) [GSS]

Social isolation (United States) [GSS]

Public Attitudes about Inequality and Meritocracy

Belief that differences in income are too large (United States and Canada) [ISSP]

Belief that hard work usually brings a better life (United States and Canada) [WVS]

Belief that hard work usually brings a better life (various countries) [WVS]

Belief that hard work usually brings a better life, by intensity of belief (United States) (United States) [WVS]

Belief that success is determined by forces outside our control (United States) [Pew]

Getting ahead by hard work vs. luck or help from others (United States) [GSS]

Getting ahead by hard work, by education level (United States) [GSS]

Getting ahead by hard work, by employment status (United States) [GSS]

Getting ahead by hard work, by union membership (United States) [GSS]

Getting ahead by hard work, by race (United States) [GSS]

Importance of education in deciding pay (United States and Canada) [ISSP]

Importance of education in getting ahead (United States and Canada) [ISSP]


Four moralities: meritocracy, egalitarianism, fraternalism, and grace

Liberty vs. equal opportunity (James Fishkin)

Deep Poverty

Presentation slides: Structural Challenges for the Deep Poor (Deep Poverty in the United States convening at the US Department of Health and Human Services), June 27, 2017

Data Sources

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

US Census Bureau (Census)

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


General Social Survey (GSS)

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Pew Research Center (Pew)

World Values Survey (WVS)