US housing starts 2017

New housing starts in the United States, 2008-2017

Eric Garland DataLab

Further to the trends in high confidence by homebuilders, check out these trends in single- and multiple-unit housing starts. There’s no question – the US housing sector is at pre-2008-crisis levels¬†in terms of new housing starts. The questions we have are about whether the fundamentals that blew up the housing market in 2008 have been repeated. We know that US …

coal mining jobs

Comparison of coal mining to national parks jobs

Eric Garland DataLab

US president Donald Trump has talked at length about restoring US coal mining jobs despite the failure of the industry as a whole due to the transition to renewables. On the chopping block? Funding for the national parks service. Hat tip to journalist Matt Yglesias for dipping into the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s FRED database to compare trends in coal …

Russia electoral interference Geert Wilders

Anatomy of Russian electoral interference in the Netherlands

Eric Garland DataLab

These two social network analysis charts of Geert Wilder’s support online shows how Russian electoral interference has worked in the elections of several NATO allies. Unlike more organic online activity, candidates supported by Kremlin operatives have nodes tightly connected to non-local accounts, usually Russian or Eastern European. As you can see in the chart below, this also ties directly to …