US Total Vehicle Miles Traveled 1970-2015

US total vehicle miles traveled is increasing again

Eric Garland DataLab

Forecasts for the end of the car in the United States have their basis in trends of total vehicle miles traveled, which seemed to peak around 2007 and which failed to recover with “The Recovery.” Right along with the plummeting price of oil, total miles have been increasing, as shown in this chart from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. More …

non-farm payroll last ten years

U.S. Non-Farm Payroll Trends, 2006-2016

Eric Garland DataLab

Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 242,000 in February of 2016, higher than an upwardly revised 172,000 in the previous month and beating market expectations of 190,000. The trend in this chart suggests that the recovery has remained remarkably stable, despite Uber-like business models and non-exempt, hourly employment terms changing the shape of labor.