Apr 17 2016

Almost Half of Americans Endure at Least One Aspect of Poverty: The Hidden Recession Continues to Hit Americans Hard.

Poverty is portrayed in a very simplistic fashion in the media.  It is usually something that impacts other people far removed from your immediate family.  However, poverty is incredibly widespread.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise.  We already know that half of the country lives paycheck to paycheck and is simply one small emergency from […]

Apr 10 2016

The education and employment myth: Almost two-thirds of people in the labor force do not have a college degree.

There is an ongoing perception that most of the workforce has a college degree.  When we say college degree we mean at a minimum a bachelor’s degree.  You would think that with $1.3 trillion in student debt outstanding a good portion of the work force would be college educated.  The opposite is the truth however.  […]

Mar 4 2016

9 charts showing Americans never recovered from the Great Recession: If you are wondering why people are so angry look no further.

The press is somewhat baffled as to why Americans are so angry this year.  The stock market seems to be doing fine (too bad most Americans don’t own stock).  Jobs are being added (too bad most jobs are in the low wage service sector).  Housing values are up (too bad the homeownership rate is down […]

Feb 3 2016

Total U.S. debt breaks $19 trillion mark: Total debt rises by $8.4 trillion in last 8 years and is on pace to hit $22 trillion by 2020.

When the party is getting ready to end, you might as well ramp up the spending and put it on the nationwide credit card.  Total U.S. debt blew right through the $19 trillion mark and has expanded by $8.4 trillion only in the last 8 years.  There are countless obligations in the form of Social […]

Jan 10 2016

The rise of the part-time and disposable employment army: Record number of people now employed in transient labor positions while good paying jobs remain stuck in the mud.

The headline employment numbers present a glamorous picture of the economy but one that is not based on reality.  After all, you have over 94 million Americans not in the labor force and this growing army of people is helping to keep the unemployment rate low.  And for a growing number of Americans those in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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