In this edition of Brookings Data Now: minimum wage, global poverty, troops in Afghanistan, student loan debt, China’s trade with Africa, Helsinki innovates, and life expectancy in Nigeria.
|73%||Percent of Americans who favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.00/hour. Support when disaggregated by political affiliation: Democrats (88%); Independents (73%); Republicans (50%). See more polling data from the 2013 Economic Values Survey »|
|½ billion||Since 2000, half a billion fewer people are living under $1.25 per day. Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and the Brookings Blum Roundtable »|
|63,000||Number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of July 2013. Get more data in the Afghanistan Index »|
|77%||Percent of households with student loan debt under $25,000. About 1 percent of households have student loan debt greater than $100,000. Find out why this may not be the crisis some claim it to be »|
|$180 bn||Value of China’s trade with Africa in 2012. It was $10 billion in 2000. China is now Africa’s second-largest trading partner after the European Union.|
|17th||Helsinki, Finland’s rank in patenting per resident among 296 global metropolitan areas, between Raleigh, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.|
|52||Life expectancy in Nigeria, below the African average.|