Middle Class Losing Ground: Worst Decade Since World War II!

Dear Commons Community,

The 2000s was the worst decade in modern history for the American middle class. That, according to a study released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.   Highlights of the study include:

  1. the portion of the nation’s income earned by people making anywhere from $39,000 to $118,000 is at the lowest level since World War 2.
  2. In each decade since the end of World War II to 2000 mean family income had increased … but the decade from 2000 to 2010 shows a vastly different story. Mean family income decreased across the board. It was a lost decade.”
  3. 85% of middle class Americans say it’s harder to maintain their lifestyle as opposed to a decade ago.
  4. In 1970, the upper income took home 29% of the nation’s income, middle income earners 62%
  5. In 2006, upper income earners took home 46% of the nation’s income while middle income earners decreased to 45% of the nation’s income


One of the more telling findings was that blame for the middle-class decline is attributed to a number of political institutions and individuals.  See barchart above.



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