U.S. Household Wealth Falls by $1.5 Trillion
Posted on Sep 18, 2010
This just in: U.S. households are getting poorer. As the crisis continues to wreak havoc on our economy, new data from the Federal Reserve tells us that U.S. net household worth has dropped $1.5 trillion in the second quarter of 2010 and is down more than $10 trillion since the recession began.
U.S. net household wealth is at $53.5 trillion, a significant drop (17 percent) from the $64.2 trillion that it was at the brink of the recession in 2007. —JCL
U.S. household wealth fell by $1.5 trillion in the second quarter, according to Federal Reserve data on Friday that showed the strain a slow-paced recovery and high unemployment are putting on Americans.
Household net worth fell to $53.5 trillion, well below the $64.2 trillion it had reached at the end of 2007 when the recession officially began, according to the central bank’s quarterly flow of funds report.
Declines in the value of financial assets—especially in stocks and mutual funds—accounted for much of the decline in second-quarter net worth. Stocks alone were down $1.9 trillion to $14.9 trillion, more than offsetting small gains in other areas like state and local government retirement funds.
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