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In the last quarter of 2014, household equity surged by $288 billion

Total debt remained flat at $9.86 trillion, bringing the total value of the housing market to $21.69 trillion.

Source: 2015, Housing Finance At A Glance: A Monthly Chartbook
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In 2014, health programs accounted for one-fifth of expenditures on children—about $93 billion

spending on children

Other categories included tax provisions, nutrition, income security, education and care, social services, housing, and training.

Source: 2015, Kids’ Share 2015: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2014
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51% of out-of-school working youth work 40 weeks of the year or more

During working weeks, these youth work an average of 31 hours.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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ARMs accounted for as much as 29% of new originations during the peak of the housing bubble

ARMs accounted for as much as 29% of new originations during the peak of the housing bubble

Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) fell to a historic low of 1 percent in 2009, and now consist of 6 percent of total originations.

Source: 2014, Housing Finance At A Glance: A Monthly Chartbook
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75%: The share of scheduled Social Security benefits millennials can expect with no reform

75%: The share of scheduled Social Security benefits millennials can expect with no reform

The trust fund will run dry in the mid-2030s, but even if we take no action young workers will still get most of their benefits.

Source: 2010, The Future of Social Security
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$35,000: The average gain in wealth and income for the top 20% of households (in 2013 dollars)

Wealth increase

Meanwhile, the incomes of the bottom 20 percent grew a little between 1990 and 2000 but then dropped again between 2000 and 2013.

Source: 2015, Worlds Apart: Inequality between America’s Most and Least Affluent Neighborhoods
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