Buying Power

Income Is Flat


The median U.S. household saw a 0.2 percent increase in income from January 2009 to August 2012. The increase, which does not account for the effect of inflation, covers all kinds of income, including interest and dividends, while excluding noncash sources such as food stamps and Medicaid.

Source: Sentier Research; Photo illustration by Emily Keegin and Tracy Ma for Bloomberg Businessweek
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