America is a country of widespread disparities in wealth and wages. For some, opportunities and progress are limitless. For others, living on the margins is a way of life. The economic crisis of 2008 set back many Americans, even those who were doing well. Job losses and shocks to the stock market transformed the economic landscape and made financial stability that much harder to attain. For the disadvantaged, who were already struggling, 2008 was a further jolt and reminder of how hard it is to make it in America.
Our indicators under the Economy theme explore how disadvantaged groups like racial and ethnic minorities, women, those involved with the criminal justice system, and those with disabilities, experience significant disparities in the topic areas of Poverty, Employment, Income and Benefits, and Business Development.
You can see a snapshot of the indicators averaged in this theme in the chart to your right and then visit the sections below for more detail and additional findings.