I have written many blog posts concerning the worrisome trends in income and earnings.
Doug Short, in his May 23, 2017 post titled “April Real Median Household Income Shows Encouraging Growth,” produced the chart below. It is based upon data from Sentier Research, and it shows both nominal and real median household incomes since 2000, as depicted. As one can see, post-recession real median household income (seen in the blue line since 2009) remains worrisome.
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As Doug mentions in his aforementioned post, regarding the change in real median household incomes:
As the excellent data from Sentier Research makes clear, the mainstream U.S. household was struggling before the Great Recession. At this point, real household incomes are about where they were during the Great Recession.
Among other items seen in his post is a chart depicting each of the two (nominal and real household incomes) data series’ percent change over time since 2000.
I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored. However, as those familiar with this site are aware, I do not necessarily agree with what they depict or imply.
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
SPX at 2398.42 as this post is written