Brookings Data Now: 75 Percent of Salient National Issues Are Gridlocked in Congress

In this edition of Brookings Data Now, featuring facts and figures from Brookings experts’ research: Millennials will dominate future U.S. workforce; how many social mobility indicators the British track; Congressional gridlock measured; volume of China’s natural gas deal with Russia.


By 2025, Millennials will comprise as much as 75 percent of the U.S. workforce

By 2020, this generation will represent one in three Americans.


Number of indicators of social mobility trends tracked by the British government

Four of ten Americans born into the bottom income quintile remain at the bottom as adults.


Percentage of the salient issues on the national agenda that are subject to legislative gridlock

The 112th Congress (2011-12) was indeed the “worst Congress ever” (along with the last Congress of the Clinton administration, 1999-2000).

38 billion

Amount, in cubic meters of gas, China will receive from Russia under its new deal with Russia

The deal is reportedly worth $400 billion.