Economic Realities in America: By The Numbers

ABC News chronicles a reality of millions of Americans working harder than ever.

68 – The percentage of the country’s income growth since 1980 that went to the top 10% of earners. (National Bureau of Economic Research)

0 – The percentage of the country’s income growth since 1980 that went to the entire bottom half of earners. (National Bureau of Economic Research)

117 – The number of million Americans whose income has fallen or barely kept up with inflation in almost four decades. That is half of the country. (National Bureau of Economic Research)

45 – The percentage of middle income millennials who earn more than their parents did at the same age, adjusted for inflation. A half century ago, 93% of middle income Americans earned more than their parents had, adjusted for inflation. (National Bureau of Economic Research)

92 – The number of metro areas where buying a home is unaffordable for families making a median household income. (Center for Housing Policy)

56 – The percentage of the fastest growing new jobs that will pay, on average, under $12 an hour. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, analyzed by ABC News)

73 – The percentage of public assistance that goes to working families (UC Berkeley Labor Center)

56,516 – The annual median household income in the United States. (US Census Bureau)

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