Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The census data is out!

I know: statistical excitement! Still, there are some interesting pages to view in the 2009 Statistical Abstract.

Here's a table looking at "Money Income of Households—Percent Distribution by Income
Level, Race, and Hispanic Origin, in Constant (2006) Dollars: 1980 to 2006
." Note the median income in dollars during this period:

1980 - $41,258. Wow, that's pretty decent for 28 years ago. (When you break it down by race, you see a mostly sad story: White=$43,527, Black=$25,076, Hispanic=$31,802, and Asian/Pacific Islander=$57,500.)

1990 - $44,778. The median went up only 3520 bucks during the Reagan/BushI decade. Thanks, you bastards.

2000 - $49,163. A couple years of Poppy Bush, then eight years of Bill Clinton and an increase of 4385 bucks. Better than the hell years of Reagan, but not that much better. Still, we didn't know how lucky we were.

2005 - $47,845. What's that? A DROP during the miracle of the Bush Economy? I can't believe it! The best part is that we're not even dealing with a decade; in the five years between 2000 and 2005, the median household income dropped $1318. Wow.

2006 - $48,201. The median still hasn't even caught up to 2000 levels. Heckuva job, Chimpy.

As mathematics and statistics tend to cause my mind to congeal into a cement-like state, I'm only looking at this one table. I imagine geniuses like Matty Boy and Distributorcap will be knockin' 'em out of the park with all these numbers. They likez da numberz.


Matty Boy said...

I can only imagine what happened in 2007 and 2008, because them was crazy ass years, with nasty inflation in '07 and the crash in '08.

Randal Graves said...

I'll take that median!

dguzman said...

Matty Boy--so typical of you to want MORE numberz!

Randal--me too, man! Any of those those medians would be a HUGE improvement for me!

Lisa said...

Gee. A right winger would look at this and explain that we all only earn what the free market thinks we're worth. Fine then, let's agree to pay bankers and Wall Streeters what WE, the market, think they are worth. Were that the case, they'd be paying us for the next few years.

Dean Wormer said...

I don't understand. We gave money to all those rich people through tax breaks and they reinvested it in factories and stuff.

How could we be worse off after doing that?

no_slappz said...

Interesting numbers. Among many points made with those stats are the following:

From 1980 to 2006:

Earnings of whites increased 16%

Earnings of hispanics increased 19%

Earnings of blacks increased 28%

Sherry Peyton said...

Yep, the Dubya curse we should call it. Bush in office, bad news for everyone who ain't stinkin' rich!

karenzipdrive said...

Forget all the numbers, I am thinking of how sparkly white that kitty's paws are kept.
Even her paw cat leather looks supple and soft.

Anonymous said...

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Mauigirl said...

Very interesting. I am not surprised, though. We know Bush has been helping the rich to the detriment of the poor for a long time now. And there are a lot more of the non-rich so the median goes down.

enc said...

I'm glad the numbers are going up, but I wish people earned more than that.

dguzman said...

Lisa--THAT would be justice!

Dean Wormer--crazy, isn't it? Perhaps it's the vast leftwing conspiracy, bringing us all down, right?

Slappy--yes, and yet STILL hispanics and blacks are behind whites in earnings. Fuck the increase--I want EQUALITY. Women still make less than 80 cents to men's dollar.

Sherry--they have cursed us all.

Zip--hee hee! So cute.


Mauigirl--definitely. I need to look more at the numbers.

Enc--I just wish I earned even the median.

no_slappz said...


Should the women of the WNBA earn the same as the men of the NBA?

How about the women of the Ladies Professional Golf Association vs the men of the PGA?

Where does pay inequality between genders exist?