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Preview: Is The Middle Class Eroding? A Discussion On Lenthening Class Divide And Bridging The Gap

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The rich are getting richer. The top 5 percent of earners in the U.S. accounted for nearly 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, according to the Institute for New Economic Thinking. That is up from 28 percent in 1995.

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2:13 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Pew: Middle class poorer, earning less and shrinking

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The middle class. An enigma of socioeconomic standing often used as a barometer of the United States as a whole. Perhaps you identify with the term 'middle class,' or perhaps you don't, but the newest data from Pew Social & Demographic Trends is something to see. Check it out, with reporting from NPR's The Two-Way, via the link.
The researchers at Pew Social & Demographic Trends aren't holding back in their new report on the middle class. It calls the last 11 years, "the lost decade" for the country's middle class. The highlight from the report issued today is that the middle class is poorer, earning less and shrinking.