A pause in the 'tooning for a little economic news: The New York Times tells us that income disparity in the U.S. of A. has been growing (now there's a surprise)...
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.
The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.
While total reported income in the United States increased almost 9 percent in 2005, the most recent year for which such data is available, average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent.
The gains went largely to the top 1 percent, whose incomes rose to an average of more than $1.1 million each, an increase of more than $139,000, or about 14 percent.
Many in the entertainment business make good money, but the good money is often spotty: Great when you're employed on a project, and not-great when you're scrambling around for the next gig.
We post this because it's always a good idea to keep an eye on the big picture, even as you work to improve your smaller one.