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Economic issues have taken center stage in this year’s elections, as the United States continues to stagger from the effects of recession and the 2008 global banking crisis. Candidates for federal, state and local offices are looking to tap into voter discontent about issues like unemployment, home foreclosures and the government spending.

It can be tough for journalists to make sense out of candidates’ claims. So the Sunlight Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors have teamed up to offer this guide to some of the most authoritative economic data sets. We’ll provide an explanation of what the indicators really mean, their weaknesses and how they are created. Also, we’ll point you to the data and documentation so you can explore for yourself.

We trust these resources will help you better cover the key issues of this election.

Funding for this project is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Jobs and Employment                      

 

Taxes, Government Finances and Debt

 

Health Care and Insurance                

 

Prices and Inflation                            

 

Housing                                           

 

Wealth, Income and Spending