Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Hollowing Out of America's Middle Class

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As seen in the chart above, retail trade, leisure, and hospitality production and nonsupervisory employment has been growing faster than employment overall. This is clearly not a recent development.

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Not only do these jobs not pay well, but in inflation adjusted terms they pay roughly one-third less than they did in the early 1970s.

The future's so bright I gotta wear lampshades.

Source Data:
BLS: Employment
St. Louis Fed: CPI


Jazzbumpa said...

Very interesting.

And very sad.


Stagflationary Mark said...


Sad indeed. :(

dearieme said...

The American workforce has to compete with the workforces elsewhere (e.g. China) while being impeded by a growing Sargasso Sea of regulation.

Stagflationary Mark said...


But... but... the future's so bright!