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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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.

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).

Jerome Bigge
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:27pm

Most young people today would probably be better off had they been born in another developed country instead of the US. Their education would have cost less, much less in some cases. They would be paying far less for health care than Americans do. This means they'd have more money available to start their own business. While a rich person is better off in the US, probably the lower half of Americans income wise would be better off elsewhere in the developed world.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:42pm

The article does not mention if Kyle has any student debt. This is also a significant burden young people who are earning less than their parents at the same age.