Ohio’s Struggling Middle Class

Economic inequality is harming Ohio’s middle class and threatening statewide economic growth.

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Ohio’s middle class is not as strong as it once was. While the state’s economy has experienced growth throughout the past 30 years, middle- and working-class families have seen little benefit as the majority of gains have flowed to those at the very top of the economic ladder. Real household incomes for the middle class are still nowhere near their prerecession levels; in fact, they are less today than they were in the 1980s. Meanwhile, the share of income going to the top 1 percent of earners continues to climb. These trends are concerning but reversible. Public policies aimed at strengthening the economy for those in the middle and at the bottom, rather than only those at the top, can help Ohio’s middle class become strong once again.

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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project

Danielle Corley

Research Associate, Women\'s Economic Policy