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The Great Recession and Distribution of Income in California
Sarah Bohn and Eric Schiff

December 2011

In the Great Recession and its aftermath, family incomes in California declined across the spectrum. The percentage of Californians living in middle-income families fell to a new low of less than 50 percent. And the gap between the highest and lowest income families grew to its widest in 30 years. This report tracks these trends and considers the effects of unemployment on family income.