Just the Facts :: How the Middle Class Got Stuck
Surging prices, stagnant wages, spiralling debt. This is what stuck feels like.
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|The price of things we need keeps going up.|
|We're more productive than ever but wage-earners—especially those in the lower half—are getting little of the benefit of all this hard work.|
|We're going deeper into debt just to stay afloat. Massively so since 2001. The U.S. savings rate is at zero for the first time since the Depression. Home equity is at an all-time low.|
Economic Policy Institute. "Hourly wage decile cutoffs for all workers, 1973-2005 (2005 dollars)." Accessed 25 June 2008.
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Research and graphics by Noah Grant, Layla Aslani, and Doug Pibel on Just the Facts for Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Noah is a YES! editorial assistant, Layla is a YES! editorial intern, Doug is YES! managing editor.
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