Posted on April 10, 2017 • Category: Jobs and Employment
America’s middle-class now represents 50% of middle-income households and 43% of the nation’s workforce. As the ranks of lower- and higher-income workers increase, the income inequality and opportunity gap that America is creating will become a more important political and social issue. The American Dream is upward mobility, which is becoming increasingly more difficult.
Arizona continues as one of the top states in the nation for the sense of well-being felt by the people who live here. But there’s also room for improvement.
These results and other findings from the Gallup survey made it possible for CFA to identify a key citizen goal of The Arizona We Want.
Citizen Goal: Create quality jobs for all Arizonans.
Arizonans want high school students to graduate college-career ready and they want more job training programs for people of all ages.
LEARN MORE about the 8 citizen goals that describe The Arizona We Want.
“The shrinking middle class is a constitutional problem because our Constitution wasn’t designed for a country with significant economic inequality.” – Ganesh Sitaraman
Rebuilding Middle Class is the Key to Preserving Democracy
Science Daily, Mar 27, 2017
|43%||Americans who identify themselves as middle class.
What Determines How Americans Perceive Their Social Class?
Gallup Analytics, Feb 27, 2017
|50%||Percentage of middle-income American households in 2015, compared to 61% in 1971.
The American Middle Class is Losing Ground.
Pew Research Center, Dec 9, 2015