The Pressure on the American Paycheck

According to a recent report from CareerBuilder, the number of full-time workers living paycheck-to-paycheck is increasing to a whopping 78% in 2017 up from 75% in 2016. This benchmark is concerning when the same study by CareerBuilder stated that 71% of all U.S. workers are now in debt. This is also higher than in 2016 when the figure was just 68%.

This trend of higher debt to income has increased despite the fact that household income has grown over the past decade; income has failed to keep pace with the increased cost-of-living over the same period.

Even the families with six-figure income showed that nearly 1 in 10 were living paycheck to paycheck, and 59% of those in that salary range said they were in the red.

Most financial experts recommend stashing at least a six-month cushion in an emergency fund to cover anything from a dental bill to a car repair — and more if you are the sole breadwinner in your family or in business for yourself.

In a Reuters article, it was reported that “Americans’ debt level notched another record high in the second quarter, after having earlier in the year surpassed its pre-crisis peak, on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit card debt, where delinquencies jumped.”

A Few Fast Facts

  • 46% said their debt is manageable
  • 56% said they were in over their heads
  • Approximately 56% of those surveyed save $100 or less each month
  • Total U.S. household debt was $12.84 trillion in the three months to June, up $552 billion from a year ago
  • The proportion of overall debt that was delinquent was 4.8% according to the New York Federal Reserve
  • Total U.S. indebtedness is about 14% above the trough of household deleveraging of 2007-2009
  • Mortgage debt was $8.69 trillion in the second quarter, up $329 billion from 2016
  • Student loan debt was $1.34 trillion, up $85 billion
  • Auto loan debt was $1.19 trillion, up $55 billion

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