We have occasionally followed new reports on the economic condition of the public and the news is rarely good. After an extremely very poor jobs report, a new study found that twenty-eight percent of Americans have nothing in their savings accounts and another 21 percent have no savings account at all. Only 29 percent has $1,000 or more in their accounts.
The recent survey by America Saves, as part of a campaign from the Consumer Federation of America, surveys 1,000 people three times per year for its Personal Savings Index.
Not surprisingly, top earners continue to sock away savings — 84 percent of people who earn more than $100,000 annually reported to be interested in saving compared with 72 percent of people with annual incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 and 68 percent of people who earn less than $25,000.
The economic situation in this country is far worse than most people appreciate. We live in economically stratified areas where there is little interaction between distant economic classes. These reports are a startling wake up call for policy makers. The goal of everyone having a few months cushion for bad times is clearly not occurring — leaving at least half or more of the population on the razor’s edge of poverty.