For the bottom 60 percent of households in the US, wealth declined from 1983 to 2010 (chart).
from David Ruccio
The chart, from the twelfth edition of the State of Working America, highlights the increase in wealth inequality grom 1983 to 2010 by showing how different groups in the wealth distribution accumulated which portion of the increase in household wealth during that period.
Nearly 40 percent (38.3 percent) of the increase in average household wealth during that period accrued to the top 1 percent, and nearly three-fourths (74.2 percent) accrued to the top 5 percent of the distribution. For the bottom 60 percent of households, wealth declined from 1983 to 2010.