August 31, 2012

Public Says a Secure Job is Ticket to the Middle Class

Americans believe that having a secure job is by far the most important requirement for being in the middle class, easily trumping homeownership and a college education, according to a new nationwide Pew Research Center survey of 2,508 adults.

August 22, 2012

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some – but by no means all – of its characteristic faith in the future.

March 26, 2009

The Phantom Recovery

The eight-year period from 1999 through 2007 is the longest in modern U.S. economic history in which inflation-adjusted median household income failed to surpass an earlier peak.

March 26, 2009

Before the Current Recession, a Phantom Recovery

Pew Research Center Executive Vice President Paul Taylor’s full testimony to the Senate Finance Committee.

July 29, 2008

America’s Four Middle Classes

The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle – what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves “middle class.”

May 29, 2008

The Middle Class Blues: Pricey Neighborhoods, High Stress

When it comes to anxiety about family finances, an old truism applies: Where you stand depends on where you sit. Or, more precisely, on where your house or apartment sits.

April 9, 2008

Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life

A new Pew Social Trends study finds that fewer Americans now than at any time in the past half century believe they’re moving forward in life. But at the same time, two-thirds say they have a higher standard of living than their parents had.