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Middle-Class Promise Gap: Carnegie Mellon

- July 6, 2012

Pennsylvanians Are Still Waiting On “A Real Recovery” People Can Feel “In Their Own Lives”

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Obama At Carnegie Mellon In 2010: “And It’s Not Going To Be A Real Recovery Until People Can Feel It In Their Own Lives” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Economy At Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA  6/2/10)

PENNSYLVANIANS HAVE YET TO FEEL A “REAL RECOVERY”

The Associated Press: “The President Can't Tell Voters About A Grand Economic Comeback Story Because There Isn't One To Tell.” (Ken Thomas, “Obama Doesn’t Emphasize Issues He Fought Hard For,” The Associated Press, 6/12/12)

Unemployment: Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate In Pennsylvania Has Increased From 6.8 Percent To 7.4 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 6/8/12)

Median Household Income: From 2008 To 2010, Pennsylvania’s Median Household Income Has Fallen $1,425 From $50,713 To $49,288. (U.S. Census, "Household Income For States: 2009 And 2010," 9/11; U.S. Census, " Household Income For States: 2007 And 2008," 9/09)

Food Stamps: From FY 2008 To FY2011, The Number Of People In Pennsylvania Receiving Food Stamps Increased By 45 Percent. (“Public Assistance Receipt In The Past 12 Months For Households: 2009 And 2010” USDA Food And Nutrition Service, 10/11)

Poverty: Between 2008 To 2010, 189,790 More People In Pennsylvania Fell Into Poverty. (“Poverty: 2007 And 2008,” U.S. Census Bureau, 10/11; “Poverty: 2009 And 2010,” U.S. Census Bureau, 10/11)

Gas Prices: Since The Week Obama Took Office, The Average Price Per Gallon Of Gas In Pennsylvania Has Increased From $1.801 To $3.335. (“Current State Averages,” Fuel Gauge Report, 1/16/09; “Current State Averages,” Fuel Gauge Report, 7/5/12)

Foreclosures: In April 2012, Pennsylvania Had The Fourth Highest Annual Increase In Foreclosure Starts. “States with the biggest annual increases in foreclosure starts included New Jersey (180 percent), Utah (179 percent), Indiana (49 percent), Pennsylvania (44 percent), Florida (43  percent), and Michigan (42 percent).” (Press Release, “U.S. Foreclosure Activity Shifts Eastward In April,” RealtyTrac, 5/10/12)

College Tuition: From 2008 To 2010, College Students’ Debt In Pennsylvania Rose From $25,219 To $28,599, An Increase Of More Than 13 Percent. (Project On Student Debt, Accessed 5/4/12; Project On Student Debt, Accessed 5/4/12)

  • In 2010, College Students’ Debt In Pennsylvania Was The Fifth Highest In The Nation. (Project On Student Debt, Accessed 5/4/12)

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