Chart Of The Day

Feb 3 2012 @ 3:18pm

Income_Changes

Pivoting off Romney's gaffe, Larry Bartels looks at how the recession has impacted income classes:

The average real income of middle-quintile households declined from $50,766 in 2008 to $49,309 in 2010, while the average real income of households in the top five percent of the income distribution declined from $298,437 to $287,686. The latter change is larger in percentage terms, and much larger in absolute terms, but may not entail nearly as much human cost. The average real income of households in the bottom quintile declined from $11,803 to $11,034; that sounds like struggling to me, with or without a safety net.