Workers Tread Water; Household Income Falls : Planet Money Median household income fell for the third straight year. Earnings were flat for people with jobs. But those jobs are disappearing.
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Workers Tread Water; Jobs Disappear; Household Income Falls

There's a big report on U.S. income out today from the Census Department. Here are a few key findings.

1. For people who are employed, earnings remained flat during and after the recession (after adjusting for inflation). That continues a pattern that started years ago.

Median Earnings For Full-Time Workers

Earnings have been stagnant for years

2. But during and after the recession, the number of people who were working fell sharply, as millions of jobs disappeared.

The Number Of Workers Is Falling

3. With fewer people working, median household income has fallen.

Median Household Income

Median Household Income

For More: The Census Bureau report also includes a section on the poverty rate, which rose to 15.1 percent last year — the highest level since 1993. Here's a story from the AP.