Friday, July 29, 2011

STUDY: Almost all of us are getting poorer

Some of us are getting poorer faster. And we all know who's getting richer.

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows how much poorer we all got between 2005 and 2009.

During that period, net worth for white households fell 16 percent. It fell 53 percent among black households and 66 percent among Hispanic households.

Concludes Pew:
Plummeting house values were the principal cause of the recent erosion in household wealth among all groups, with Hispanics hit hardest by the meltdown in the housing market.
Of course falling wages can't help either. The blog reports that median wages are falling in nearly every American city:
According to the Census Bureau's annual survey of income and poverty in the United States, of the 52 largest metro areas in the nation, only the city of San Antonio did not see a decline in median household income in 2009. 
 Here are some scary numbers showing one-year declines:
*In Detroit, median household income declined 10% to $48,535.
*In Orlando, median household income dropped almost 10% to $46,856.
*In Cleveland, median household income fell 8.5% to $45,395.
*In Miami, median household income declined 8.2% to $45,946.
*In Indianapolis, median household income dropped 7.1% to $50,140.
Suppose it's occurred to anyone in Congress that fighting over the debt ceiling isn't the best use of their time right now?