Brookings Data Now: Las Vegas is Last, How Much We Spend on Transportation, and More

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: Las Vegas ranks last in recession recovery; U.S. transportation spending; children out of school; German federal election; teen birth decline.


Las Vegas, NV performed worst among top 100 metros in rebound from pre-Great Recession peak to present

The Metro Monitor tracks the performance of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas across four indicators: jobs, unemployment, gross product and home prices. Find out which metro performed the best, and where yours ranks.

2.4 trillion

Total spending in dollars on transportation in the U.S. in 2007

In a new article, Cliff Winston assesses the performance of the U.S. transportation system and considers some improvements that may include increased deregulation and some privatization. 

57 million

Number of children globally who are out of school

Most are marginalized children in places affected by conflict, extreme poverty and disability. Multilateral agencies can mobilize financial resources to help these children receive a basic education.


Vote share for Angela Merkel’s part in recent German elections

Her victory makes her one of three chancellors to serve three terms in the Federal Republic of Germany. The composition of her governing coalition, however, remains to be seen.


Number of births per 1000 U.S. females aged 15-19

This is the lowest teen birth rate in America since 1940. However, more single twenty-something women are having children, which has impacts on children’s well-being and social mobility.