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American Economic and Social Transformations

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau
by Linda A. Jacobsen and Mark Mather (February 2010)
20 page PDF

“This has been a tumultuous decade for the United States. During the first 10 years of the 21st Century, there was a major terrorist attack, a housing meltdown, a severe economic recession, and a significant downturn in the U.S. stock market. Unemployment recently passed the 10 percent mark for the first time since 1983. Household wealth increased somewhat with the stock market gains during the past year, but remains well below prerecession levels. Household net worth dropped by more than $10 trillion during the recession—the largest loss of wealth since the federal government started keeping records of wealth accumulation 50 years ago. Trends in stock market indicators, household wealth, consumer confidence, and labor force participation are widely reported and used to measure the health of the U.S. economy. But less is known about the ways people are adapting to changing economic conditions. In this Population Bulletin, we look beyond employment and income and examine other important aspects of people’s lives, including educational attainment, homeownership, commuting, marriage, fertility, and migration trends. With the close of the decade, it is an appropriate time to review how the U.S. population has changed since 2000.”

I would say every chart and graphic in this document is worthy of discussion for any community library strategic plan. Each of the ten economic transformations and 8 social transformations are things libraries can address and ameliorate.


(Thanks for this link to Sabrina Pacifici at BeSpacific blog. If you’re not following her RSS feeds, you should, Between her and Gary Price, they have the best eye for the gov docs that matter.

Posted on: March 22, 2010, 9:55 am Category: Uncategorized

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