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Inequality in US – the top 20% of earners accounted for more than 80% of the rise in household income from 2008-2012

A recent article by Labor Department senior economist Aaron Cobet highlights the sharp disparity between the wealthiest and poorest Americans in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 recession.

“While average income has returned to pre-recession levels, income gains have been distributed unevenly,” Mr. Cobet said.

The economist mined Labor Department data to show that the top 20% of earners accounted for more than 80% of the rise in household income from 2008-2012. Income fell for the bottom 20%.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Wealthiest Households Accounted for 80% of Postrecession Rise in Incomes – Real Time Economics – WSJ.

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