Economic Progress

5 charts that show what is happening to the middle class around the world

A "for sale" sign is seen outside a home in New York June 19, 2012. U.S. housing starts fell in May from a 3-1/2 year high, although permits to build new homes rose sharply, suggesting a nascent housing recovery remains on track.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS REAL ESTATE) - RTR33VCG

The middle class is no longer the majority in the United States Image: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Andrea Willige
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 Middle income
Image: Pew Research Center
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 Income inequality correlation
Image: International Labour Organisation/European Commission
Economic slowdown
Image: LAC Equity Lab
India middle class
Image: Pew Research Center
 India middle classes bar chart
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