Weekly Discussion 2

Data Trends

It’s often difficult to understand fact from fiction with the prolific use of personal and anecdotal data in the media. Rather than rely on our limited experiences, let’s use data to tell the story for us. Use Bureau of Labor Statistics (link to http://www.bls.gov/home.htm) to identify a trend in the labor market for women, minorities, and/or immigrants. Analyze the trend within a framework of sociological theory.

Be sure to answer the following questions:
How do your findings differ or align with your personal experiences?
What advantages do you see to using a source like the BLS for data to help understand trends?
What are the benefits to connecting the trend to a sociological framework?

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