U.S. household incomes soared in 2015, recording biggest gain in decades

September 13, 2016 10:51 PM

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Middle-class Americans and the poor in 2015 enjoyed their best year of economic improvement in decades, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, a spike that broke a long streak of disappointment for American workers but did not fully repair the damage inflicted by the Great Recession.

Median household income stood at $56,500 in 2015, ­inflation-adjusted, up from $53,700 in 2014. That 5.2 percent increase was the largest since the bureau started tracking the statistic in 1967. Incomes increased across racial and ethnic groups as well as for both men and women. The gender pay gap n...

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