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.”
Gas Prices Pump Up Support for Drilling
Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.
Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation
Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.
Latino Labor Report, 2008: Construction Reverses Job Growth for Latinos
The slump in the construction industry has taken a heavy toll on Latino workers. From a historic low in late 2006, the unemployment rate for Latinos rose sharply in 2007 and currently stands well above the rate for non-Latinos. Immigrant Latino workers have been hit especially hard.
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.
Feeling Guilty: Americans Say They Aren’t Saving Enough
Most Americans at every income level and in every demographic group worry they aren’t putting enough aside for the future — but they’re apparently not worried enough to do much about it, a new survey finds.
A Statistical Portrait of Hispanic Women in the U.S.
Annual births to Hispanic women in the U.S. exceeded one million in 2006, and one-in-four children in the U.S. under age 5 is Hispanic. These and other interesting data are included in a new Pew Hispanic Center fact sheet.
Hard Hats See Hard Times
While the latest statistics reported fewer job losses than analysts expected, the public is expressing increasing concern about job availability; but unlike in the 1992 downturn, such worries are concentrated in the lower portions of the income spectrum.
Who Wants To Be Rich?
Anyone who thinks that Americans worship at the feet of the almighty dollar should ask the American public. In fact, a new Social Trends survey finds only 13% of adults say it’s “very important” for them to be wealthy, ranking this personal priority far behind six others measured.
States Push Food Stamps for the Needy
As the economy sputters, states are taking extraordinary measures to help people keep food on the table, and a federal program is their primary tool.