Stories by Lazaro Gamio

America's largest cities have 72% of the post-crisis employment growth

Reproduced from a Brookings Institution report; Chart: Axios Visuals

In the recovery from the financial crash, the largest, densest U.S. cities have had much steeper employment growth than smaller communities, according to a new study by Brookings' Clara Hendrickson, Mark Muro and William Galston.

"Big, techy metros like San Francisco, Boston, and New York with populations over 1 million have flourished, accounting for 72% of the nation’s employment growth since the financial crisis. By contrast, many of the nation’s smaller cities, small towns, and rural areas have languished."
— An excerpt from the report

The big picture: The report traces this economic trend to the current state of political polarization. "In a very real way, the 2016 election of Donald Trump represented the revenge of the places left behind in a changing economy," the authors say.

Votes on Supreme Court nominees are getting tighter

Most Supreme Court justices are confirmed by lopsided majorities, but since the 1990s, partisan votes have become more common.

The bottom line: Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday with the lowest number of yes votes for a justice in the history of the Supreme Court.

Data: United States Senate; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Yes, there really is a lot of space junk

This visualization shows the 18,120 objects being tracked in low-Earth orbit by the U.S. military's Joint Space Operations Center — including nearly 13,000 that are classified as space debris.

Data: Space-Track; Note: Perigee is the point in a object's orbit where it is closest to Earth. Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Why it matters: As space opens up to more nations, companies and possibly nonprofits, concerns are growing about how to track and reduce debris that threatens satellites and spacecraft.