The balance of 10 warring years


Now and then

2011 2001
Median income working-age households $55,821 $60,746
Unemployment* 9.1% 5.0%
Positive view of federal government 17% 41%
National debt (trillions) $14.6 $5.8
Consumer debt (trillions) $2.4 $1.5

Sources: U.S. Census; Federal Reserve Board; Gallup; Bureau of Labor Statistics;
* Figure is for September of both years

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