…to stay in the same place. If they’re not growing, they’re shrinking:
The percentage of Americans who fit into the middle-income category is on a four-decade long retreat. That was exacerbated in the 2000s as median family incomes shrunk in the U.S. for the first decade since the end of World War II.
In Colorado, where the unemployment rate started rising in May 2007 and has stubbornly hovered around 8 percent for the past year, the number of middle-class households has grown since 2008 — but at a slower rate than the household population overall, mirroring the national middle-class shrinkage.