Earnings

Beginning in the 1980s, the gap between the super rich and everyone else widened. More than 80 percent of the increase in U.S. income went to the top one percent. Although wages of some knowledge workers increased, blue-collar jobs shrank, and many workers shifted to low-wage service and retail positions.

Income Chart, 1970s - 2010s

Income Chart, 1970s - 2010s

Retail Clerk

Retail Clerk

Shoe Clerk

Shoe Clerk

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