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Shrinking Middle-Class Leaves No Room For Millennials

•, by Ben Rickert

Across the world, the middle class is experiencing an unprecedented decline, with younger generations facing an uphill battle in discovering monetary stability in lots of wealthier nations.

Only 6 of 10 millennials make enough to be deemed middle-class, compared with 7 of 10 baby boomers at the same age, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Advancement.

The OECD established that the decline of the middle-class is, in part, due to their mainly stagnating revenues as average incomes increased a third less than the average earnings of the wealthiest 10 percent over the last 30 years.

Costs have actually increased much faster than inflation for some of the key pillars of middle-class life like housing, which the OECD stated had risen three times quicker than household median income over the last 20 years. Middle-class homes were also forking out more for education and health care.

At the exact same time, workers have dealt with rising job instability, made worse recently by the rise of automation, which the OECD stated now threatened a sixth of all middle-class jobs.

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