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Economic Inequality

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Despite the pandemic, wage growth held firm for most U.S. workers, with little effect on inequality
Earnings overall have held steady through the pandemic in part because lower-wage workers experienced steeper job losses.
As national eviction ban expires, a look at who rents and who owns in the U.S.
Renters headed 36% of U.S. households in 2019. Young people, racial and ethnic minorities, and those with lower incomes are more likely to rent.
Americans’ views about billionaires have grown somewhat more negative since 2020
A growing share of U.S. adults say it’s a bad thing for the country that some people have personal fortunes of a billion dollars or more.
Are you in the global middle class? Find out with our income calculator
17% of the global population could be considered middle income in 2020. Most people were either low income (51%) or poor (10%).
Digital divide persists even as Americans with lower incomes make gains in tech adoption
The shares of Americans in each income tier who have home broadband or a smartphone have not significantly changed from 2019 to 2021.
34% of lower-income home broadband users have had trouble paying for their service amid COVID-19
Some 15% of all home broadband users in the U.S. say they have had trouble paying for their high-speed internet service during the pandemic.
Gender pay gap in U.S. held steady in 2020
In 2020, women earned 84% of what men earned, our analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers found.
First-Generation College Graduates Lag Behind Their Peers on Key Economic Outcomes
College graduates without a college-educated parent have lower incomes and less wealth, on average, than those with a parent who has a bachelor’s or higher degree.
Black Americans say coronavirus has hit hard financially, but impact varies by education level, age
Nearly half of Black adults say the economic impact of the pandemic will make achieving their financial goals harder in the long term.
Top tax frustrations for Americans: The feeling that some corporations, wealthy people don’t pay fair share
Americans’ views on some aspects of the U.S. tax system vary widely by political party affiliation.

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