Nov 8 2015

The 20 small cities struggling the most in the U.S. based on economics, education, quality of life, and affordability: All of the cities are in California.

It is hard to quantify what makes a city great or bad.  Simply having a higher income is not enough to separate an area from another city if the cost of living is outrageous.  There have been attempts to use cost of living adjustments but the attempt to rank cities has been paltry.  Most of […]

Oct 30 2015

The dollar store expansion: Number of dollar stores in the US expected to exceed 30,000 in 2016.

Wal-Mart, the mega retailer has over 5,000 stores in the United States.  We tend to think of Wal-Mart as the low price leader crushing prices to their rock bottom level by cutting costs at every corner.  However, there is an even lower cost option and many working class Americans are turning to these stores.  Dollar […]

Oct 1 2015

Wage Apocalypse for the American man: Typical male worker earned less in 2014 than in 1973.

The middle class destruction train is moving full steam ahead if we are to examine Census figures closely.  And the American male has a first-class ticket on this express train to wage destruction.  According to the recently released Census figures full-time working males are earning less than they did in 1973 adjusting for inflation.  Purchasing […]

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Sep 27 2015

The failed recovery in 9 charts: 9 charts highlighting the lackluster performance of the economy.

The mainstream press simply measures a recovery by looking at the stock market even though very little of the gains here are trickling down to regular families.  It should be noted that many Americans are frustrated with the economy because to them, it still feels like a recession.  Low-wages permeate the landscape, housing costs are […]

Sep 23 2015

The increasing odds that you will die working: The extinction of retirement and the growing old age labor force.

I was greeted by an older gentleman at a local Target store.  He slowly smiled and said hello.  I nodded and said hello as he proceeded to greet other shoppers.  Leaving the store I was greeted by an older cashier.  Over the last decade, the retail labor force is seeing a growing number of older […]

Sep 12 2015

The American Dream deferred: Looking at the 4 horsemen of middle class destruction. Student debt, household income, low wage jobs, and FIRE economy dominance.

The angst that is being manifested in the political arena is largely being brought on by economic uncertainty.  There is a general underlying anxiety of living in a United States with a weakened and invisible middle class.  We are heading directly into that scenario with both eyes fully wide open.  Many of the new jobs […]

Aug 11 2015

Trends in low wage America: 1.4 million waiter/bartender jobs gained while 1.4 million manufacturing jobs lost since 2007. Top 4 employment sectors pay $10 an hour or less.

The media pundits are scratching their heads as to why two political outsiders are garnering all the attention.  You want to know why?  Both are addressing the low wage epidemic plaguing the country.  Now we can debate their policies since both stand at the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum but their message is clear […]

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