Paul's Recent Stories
Economy Jul 07What can you actually learn from the monthly unemployment number?
The U.S. unemployment rate crawled up to 4.4 percent in June. NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman looks at what that means for the economy.
Economy Jun 29The hottest chart in economics, and what it means
The "elephant chart" explains the rise of populism in the developed world and so much more.
Economy Jun 15How Jared Kushner and others gerrymander to sell visas to foreigners — at a steep discount
Trump Bay Street is a model of luxury as well as a model of a loophole U.S. developers use in a controversial citizenship-for-cash program.
Economy Jun 02Analysis: Today’s unemployment number fools us and President Trump, but for different reasons
A quick look at today’s headline unemployment number, and you’d think the U.S. job market was killing it with the official unemployment rate down again to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent last month. And yet, the economy only grew by…
Economy Jun 01Is the ‘creative class’ saving our cities, or making them impossible to live in?
The clustering of the "creative class" -- professionals in the arts, in the media, in tech -- has brought growth and innovation to cities, but has also led to "the new urban crisis," author Richard Florida tells the NewsHour's Paul…
Economy May 24Anger or fear: which is worse?
How does anger affect the way we think? And does it skew our judgment of risk?…
Economy May 18Why aren’t ‘manly’ men taking ‘girly’ jobs?
Economics correspondent Paul Solman sat down with economist Betsey Stevenson to discuss the growth in female-dominated sectors and how stigma might be holding men back from taking jobs seen as "women's work."…
Economy May 10How does where you live affect your life expectancy?
Life expectancy can very by as much as 20 years depending on what county you live in, a new report finds.
Economy Apr 13What other countries can teach America about taxes
Journalist T.R. Reid's latest project was to find the world’s best income tax systems and report them back to the home of tax revolution: the U.S.
Economy Dec 30Will D.C.’s new paid family leave policy unintentionally encourage discrimination?
DC's new paid family leave is one of the most generous in the nation. But economist Harry Holzer worries the policy could have unintended consequences and hurt the women it's trying to help.