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The Data Point

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How the UAW strike compares to the biggest work stoppages in history

The United Auto Workers strike has the potential to be one of the largest strikes of the past 30 years.
UPS worker Roberto Martinez shouts his support for striking Teamsters union members at a rally in in Jersey City, N.J., in 1997.
UPS worker Roberto Martinez shouts his support for striking Teamsters union members at a rally in in Jersey City, N.J., in 1997.

Maps: Canadian wildfire smoke has covered the U.S. for more than a month

It’s not just New York City and Washington, D.C.; wildfire smoke has touched both coasts since early May. 
Animated map of wildfire smoke from fires across the United States each day since May 1, 2023.
Animated map of wildfire smoke from fires across the United States each day since May 1, 2023.

Map: These states had the highest turnouts in the midterm elections

Half of eligible voters cast ballots, Census Bureau data shows. Turnout was highest in the West and lowest in the South.
Voters cast their ballots at official ballot boxes during midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022 in Portland, Ore.
Voters cast their ballots at official ballot boxes during midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022 in Portland, Ore.

Labor force participation is back to pre-pandemic levels

Women are at the forefront of the recovery, according to the latest jobs data.
A line chart showing labor force participation among adults 25 to 54 years old. In 2015, about 81% of that age group worked; by February 2020 that number had increased to 83%. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the figure sharply declined to less than 79.9% and since then it has jaggedly clawed its way back to 83.1%, where it stood in February 2023.
A line chart showing labor force participation among adults 25 to 54 years old. In 2015, about 81% of that age group worked; by February 2020 that number had increased to 83%. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the figure sharply declined to less than 79.9% and since then it has jaggedly clawed its way back to 83.1%, where it stood in February 2023.

The new Congress is the third oldest since 1789

The average age of Congress has been climbing since the early 1980s.
The first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber  on Jan. 3, 2023.
The first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber  on Jan. 3, 2023.

Elon Musk is growing a social network. Just not the one he wants.

New sign-ups have spiked several times on Twitter alternative Mastodon since Musk bought Twitter in October.
The Mastodon website on a smartphone in the Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 2022.
The Mastodon website on a smartphone in the Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 2022.

Map: Track Covid-19 death hot spots

The omicron variant sent Covid-related deaths above 2,000 per day for weeks.
A map showing where Covid deaths are increasing and decreasing
A map showing where Covid deaths are increasing and decreasing

Maps: Track hospital stress levels in your state

Higher numbers of Covid patients limit the ability of hospitals to provide a full range of services.

Liz Truss' short tenure as U.K. prime minister, in one chart

Truss will be the shortest-serving prime minister in U.K. history.
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers her keynote address on at the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, England
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers her keynote address on at the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, England

See the unusual places where monkeypox cases have popped up this month

Four times as many countries outside Africa have reported monkeypox this month as have in the previous 50 years.
A world map that shows which countries have reported confirmed cases of monkeypox in May 2022.
A world map that shows which countries have reported confirmed cases of monkeypox in May 2022.