Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog ,
The "coming economic collapse" has already been happening. You see, the truth is that the economic collapse is not a single event. It has already started, it is happening right now, and it will accelerate during the years ahead. The statistics in this article show very clearly that the U.S. economy has fallen dramatically over the past ten years or so. Unfortunately, there are lots of mockers out there that love to mock the idea of an economic collapse even though one is happening right in front of our eyes.
They love to say stuff like this (and I am paraphrasing):
"An economic collapse is never going to happen. We can consume far more wealth than we produce forever. We can pile up gigantic mountains of debt forever. There is no way that the party is over. In fact, the party is just getting started. Woo-hoo!"
That sounds absolutely ridiculous, but "economists" and "journalists" actually write things that reflect these kinds of sentiments every single day.
They do not seem alarmed about the fact that our national debt is nearly 17 times larger than it was 30 years ago. They do not seem alarmed about the fact that the total amount of debt in our country is more than 28 times larger than it was 40 years ago. They do not seem alarmed about the fact that our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted and we are steadily becoming poorer as a nation.
They just think that the magic formula of print, borrow, spend and consume can go on indefinitely.
Unfortunately, the truth is that a massive economic disaster has already started to unfold. We inherited the greatest economic machine in the history of the world, but we totally wrecked it. We have been able to live far, far beyond our means for the last couple of decades thanks to the greatest debt bubble in the history of the planet, but now that debt bubble is getting ready to burst.
Anyone with half a brain should be able to see what is coming. Just open your eyes and look at the facts. The following are 40 stats that prove the U.S. economy has already been collapsing over the past decade...
#2 The United States was once ranked #1 in the world in GDP per capita. Today we have slipped to #14
#3 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row .
#4 Since the year 2000, the size of the U.S. national debt has grown by more than 11 trillion dollars .
#7 The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities  since 2001.
#8 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent  of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#9 Between December 2000 and December 2010 , 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.
#10 Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Today, China’s high-tech exports are more than twice the size  of U.S. high-tech exports.
#11 In 2002, the United States had a trade deficit in "advanced technology products" of $16 billion with the rest of the world. In 2010, that number skyrocketed to $82 billion .
#12 The United States has lost more than a quarter  of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#13 The number of full-time workers in the United States is nearly 6 million below  the old record that was set back in 2007.
#14 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times  as long as it was back in the year 2000.
#16 The official unemployment rate has been at 7.5 percent or higher for 54 months in a row . That is the longest stretch in U.S. history.
#17 The U.S. government says that the number of Americans "not in the labor force" rose by 17.9 million  between 2000 and 2011. During the entire decade of the 1980s, the number of Americans "not in the labor force" rose by only 1.7 million .
#18 The average number of hours worked per employed person per year has fallen by about 100  since the year 2000.
#19 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs  for low paying jobs. 60 percent  of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent  of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
#20 The U.S. economy lost more than 220,000 small businesses  during the recent recession.
#21 The percentage of Americans that are self-employed has steadily declined  over the past decade and is now at an all-time low.
Bush Sr.: 11.3
Bush Jr.: 10.8
#24 In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent . Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent .
#25 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen from $1.85 to $3.64 .
#26 More than twice as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005  as will be sold in 2013.
#27 Right now there are 20.2 million Americans  that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
#28 The price of ground beef increased by 61 percent  between 2002 and 2012.
#29 According to USA Today , water bills have actually tripled over the past 12 years in some areas of the country.
#31 Median household income in the United States has fallen for four years in a row .
#34 Median household income for families with children dropped by a whopping $6,300  between 2001 and 2011.
#35 Back in 2007, about 28 percent  of all working families were considered to be among "the working poor". Today, that number is up to 32 percent  even though our politicians tell us that the economy is supposedly recovering.
#36 According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of families in the United States declined "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 ".
#37 According to the New York Times, the average debt burden for U.S. households that earn $20,000 a year or less "more than doubled to $26,000 between 2001 and 2010 ".
#38 Medicare spending increased by 138 percent  between 1999 and 2010.
#39 During Obama's first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined .
#40 Today, more than a million  public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent  since the 2006-2007 school year.
Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_51
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