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Americans Lost Two Decades of Wealth

Updated on June 12, 2012

In just "tres anos", or three years, the American middle class lost 40% of their medium income. It began in 2008. Call it a recession but more apt is a mild depression that still lingers and casts doubts of millions underemployed, unemployed or employed. Those that are working are generally working for less. Some are working longer hours because managers are still cutting costs. Basically, the average middle class family is earning at 1992 levels. Some of the upper middle class managed to remain stable and did not lose catastrophic amounts and , of course, the rich are getting richer in this time by buying dirt cheap homes and flipping them. They can afford this, nobody else can. Credit also took a hit, the average family has a credit card debt of $2600, while 25% have no credit card debt. The medium family lost over $40,000 in annual income during the three year period as jobs were lost and employers are paying less than they did.

It was the implosion of the housing market that wreaked carnage on the poor and middle class because most rely on their home for 50% of their net worth. When the home was lost, so was much of their net worth and earning the medium income of $45K a year, is still not good in 2012. A decent wage for middle income families is $55-65K, but that is not the medium income today.

That is why they call the 2008-2011, the Great Recession.


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    • MelanieRNOntheweb profile image

      MelanieRNOntheweb 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Yes it is frightening at times. I would never have thouht that given my income and stage of life that I would be facing such uncetainty in going into retirement.

      But God is Faithful.

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Yes, both parties are guilty.

    • Attikos profile image

      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      You hadn't heard? The wealthy are evil, greedy graspers who won't pay their fair share. Americans who had wealth to lose deserved to. This is another of Obama's many great accomplishments as president.