SLIDESHOW: Feel like you’re not earning as much as your parents? You’re probably right.

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Your chances of living the American Dream – climbing higher up the economic ladder than your parents – used to be a sure thing. Times have changed, and not for the better. Click or swipe through the slides to see how your chances of making more than your parents has changed through the years.

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Ron French

Ron French is Bridge senior writer, based in Lansing. He can be reached at rfrench@bridgemi.com

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Mark Ehlert
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:40pm

The Legislature needs to take some responsibility for this state of affairs. If the facts as listed are to be believed, the effort needed to provide higher pay as well as significant job increases across the board rests with our legislators by increasing infrastructure improvements, better funding for higher education and the ability to advocate for jobs with wages that match living costs.

Denise
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 8:24pm

Agree completely

T. Gonsalves
Mon, 05/29/2017 - 5:46am

Your article highlighted differences in wages earned by previous generations employed in manufacturing occupations and incomes paid to recent college graduates working in non-manufacturing jobs.
My college-educated parents (multiple degrees) earned significantly more than my brother and me (also college grads with multiple degrees).