Census Numbers Show Lost Decade for Working Families

September 17, 2013

Today’s U.S. Census Bureau figures provide further evidence that America’s working families have experienced a “lost decade” of falling incomes from 2000 to 2012.

  • From 2000 to 2012, median income for non-elderly households fell $7,490, or 11.6%.
  • Median income for African American households fell $5,838, or 14.8%.
  • Median income for Hispanic households fell $5,219, or 11.8%.
  • From 1973 to 2012, median earnings for men working full-time fell from $51,668 to $49,398.
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