The gap between the Middle and Upper class in Michigan has widened.
Michigan State University’s Charley Ballard spoke with Cyndy about income disparity in both the state and country.
“There is a lot of emphasis about the level of income, but I am talking about the gap between those at the top, the middle and bottom in terms of how much their household income is. A big story is that the gap has widened. Michigan is typical in that the gap between the gap and top and the middle has gone way up, but the gap between the middle and the bottom has not,” said Ballard.
The disparities in income are largely a result of varying degrees of education among Michigan workers.
“Those at the top tend to be college-educated. Those at the bottom tend to not be,” said Ballard.
According to Ballard, Michigan’s statistics are average when compared nationally.
“In a lot of ways we’re a middle-of-the-pack state. If you take that ratio of the household income for the person at the 90th percentile, upper-middle class, and compare that with the household income with someone at the tenth percentile, that ratio increased by more than 20% in Michigan.”