The US Economy: ‘What’s in your wallet?’

By | January 19, 2015

27 Statistics About The U.S. Middle Class SummaryDo you consider yourself a member of the middle class or has it become increasingly difficult to know that answer for sure?

Much commentary continually gets bandied about concerning the state of the middle class in the United States!

One side of the political argument (typically the incumbents regardless of administration) will talk about how much better the middle class is doing under the current regime while the other side will usually ‘respectfully’ disagree.

And, heading into the State of the Union Address tomorrow night, the discourse will no doubt grow louder and louder as each side attempts stake out their position while hoping to sway popular opinion as the country officially heads into the 2016 presidential election cycle.

For example in his speech the President will lay out grandiose plans to tax the rich (or the 1% he likes to invoke) designed to ‘help’ the middle class, moves that in reality may simply a red herring designed to force the other side to veto them.

And so the political gamesmanship goes with those who are purported to be at the center of the economic food chain used as convenient pawns as both political sides jockey for position.

What I find somewhat amusing in all of this…well maybe not amusing and possibly even sad, is that it has become increasingly difficult for those who were once termed the middle class to continue identifying themselves that way.

As has been documented by political and economic pundits alike, the spread between the rich and the poor or the 1% and 99% that’s also known as the haves and the have nots, has grown increasingly wider and wider over time.

While the stock market is near record highs, so too are the number of Americans who depend on some type of government assistance.

So are you a member of the middle class or, put another way by Samuel L. Jackson, ‘What’s in your wallet’?

27 Statistic About The U.S. Middle Class

#1 American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale now earn less money than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

#2 American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale have a lower net worth than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.

#3 According to a Washington Post article published just a few days ago, more than 50 percent of the children in U.S. public schools now come from low income homes. This is the first time that this has happened in at least 50 years.

#4 According to a Census Bureau report that was recently released, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

#5 In 2008, the total number of business closures exceeded the total number of businesses being created for the first time ever, and that has continued to happen every single year since then.

#6 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”. But by 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still considered themselves to be “middle class”.

#7 In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”. But in 2014, an astounding 49 percent of all Americans in that age range considered themselves to be “lower class”.

#8 Traditionally, owning a home has been one of the key indicators that you belong to the middle class. So what does the fact that the rate of homeownership in America has been falling for seven years in a row say about the Obama years?

#9 According to a survey that was conducted last year, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.

#10 After accounting for inflation, median household income in the United States is 8 percent lower than it was when the last recession started in 2007.

#11 According to one recent survey, 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.

#12 At this point, one out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is “in collections“.

#13 When Barack Obama first set foot in the Oval Office, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, that number is sitting at only 59.2 percent…

#14 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 32.8 weeks.

#15 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#16 At the end of Barack Obama’s first year in office, our yearly trade deficit with China was 226 billion dollars. Last year, it was more than 314 billion dollars.

#17 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is over 101 percent.

#18 The U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during the eight years of the Obama administration. In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate about as much debt as it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.

#19 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

#20 The poverty rate in the United States has been at 15 percent or above for 3 consecutive years. This is the first time that has happened since 1965.

#21 From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs.

#22 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 46 million.

#23 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had full-time jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have full-time jobs.

#24 One recent survey discovered that about 22 percent of all Americans have had to turn to a church food panty for assistance.

#25 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in the United States live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.

#26 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are living with only one parent are living in poverty.

#27 According to a report that was released late last year by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the United States has reached a new all-time record high of 2.5 million.

Statistics source TECB


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One thought on “The US Economy: ‘What’s in your wallet?’

  1. Heltau

    Well, those 27 items shown have that obummer has fundamentally changed America since 2008.
    As was Germany in 1932, cuba in the 1950’s, as russa was in 1915(?).
    All these changes turned out to be far worse than what was before.
    And it is still getting worse.


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