Archive for the ‘Inequality’ Category
American cities with highly segregated incomes cause significantly lower income mobility. Atlanta, New York, and DC are among the most segregated while Boston, Denver, and San Diego are among the lowest.
–from The Atlantic Cities
In 1968, minimum wage kept a family of three above the poverty line. In 2013, it cannot keep a family of two out of poverty. The dashed prediction is based on the new proposed minimum wage law.
This chart shows the decline of wage growth for most Americans, which really fell compared to the richest Americans beginning in 1998. Growth flattened starting in the 1960′s when large numbers of women starting working.
There has been no employment growth in non-metro counties in the past year. Indeed, since the recovery began, suburban and rural areas have been almost entirely left out of the benefits.
–from The Washington Post
The proportion of people living in middle income neighborhoods is down from 65% in 1970 to 42%, a substantial decline and evidence of the stratification of American society.
–from Mother Jones
Part time work has not been increasing as a percentage of overall employment, which was the supposed end result of the recently operational healthcare legislation.
–from the Wall St. Journal
More than 40% of food service workers get some form of government subsidy, mostly due to low wages and part-time work.
Contemporary marriage habits are beginning to codify inequality as more wealthy and educated people are getting married, both working, and raising children who then go on to replicate the same behavior. A married couple with two working spouses has a much higher family income compared to one spouse working, or single parents working. Since second-wave feminism took off beginning in the 1960′s, families with men and women working have gained significantly on single-supporter families, and have suppressed wages for other family-work models.
–from The Atlantic