How the US Is Similar to Impoverished Nations, and Other Surprising Facts

Quick: What does the US have in common with Cameroon?

Stumped?

The answer: almost the same level of income inequality. According to the CIA World Fact Book, the US has the 39th widest gap between rich and poor in the world, ranking right alongside Uganda, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire.

To learn more about widening inequality in the US and California, as well as how the Great Recession has affected California’s workers and their families, don’t miss the CBP’s briefing, On the Edge: California’s Workers Still Face the Toughest Job Market in Decades, on Thursday, October 20 at 11 a.m. in State Capitol Room 2040. The briefing will highlight the CBP’s latest research on employment, wages, and incomes and present new data that will be included in a forthcoming “chartbook” documenting widening inequality over the past generation.

Register for the briefing online, or call the CBP at (916) 444-0500.

—Alissa Anderson