Earlier this month — back in the good ole’ days when our government was actually functioning (sort of) — the U.S. Census Bureau released a series of 2012 income data for American households (and no, I can’t provide the link, because the Census site is still closed for business).
The figures show that despite the nation’s supposed economic recovery, average American household incomes didn’t budge from where they were the year before. Meanwhile, the poverty rate remained at roughly the same level as it was in 2011.
The data underscore a growing gap in wealth inequality in America, with incomes of lower and middle class households stagnating, while those among the wealthiest continue to rise at a rapid clip. Comic journalist Andy Warner breaks down these figures and what they mean for the millions of average American families scraping by.
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Andy Warner’s comic journalism has been published by Symbolia, Slate, popsci.com, American Public Media, Campus Progress and more. You can see more of his work at: andywarnercomics.com and andywarnercomics.tumblr.com.