Examine Earnings Report 2007

The Challenge:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued a report. These data sets on earnings are from the Current Population Survey.

Earnings data in this article are median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers. Based on the population trends in your community, this could be good news or bad. Your are wondering what this may mean for you.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics 10/2008

Which group is earning the most each week?

Which group earns the least?

Based on this chart - Do you stand to be: a high earner, adequate earner or a lower income earner?

Identify at least three trends shown in the chart.

Example: American women of Asian ancestry earn more than other American women.

Do some research:

What factors (that individuals can change) impact how much a person earns?

Identify 4 actions a person can take to increase their income.

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As a group - Discuss:

What impact would an increase in the local median income have on a community?

What impact would a decrease in local median income have on a community?

Give an example of a situation where a decline in median income would occur.

What role(s) should the federal government play in an individual person's earnings?


What role(s) should the state/local government play in an individual person's earnings?


Create a multimedia presentation that promotes an action to improve a person's future income.

Proof read the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneeck in to the bets work. smiling icon

Deliver your presentation to the class or your parent(s).


Extra: Conduct a class vote - Which action is the most popular?

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