The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 03, 1980, Image 4

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Page 4 THE BATTALION MONDAY, MARCH 3, 1980 ALLEN Oldsmobile Cadillac Honda SALES - SERVICE "Where satisfaction is standard equipment 2401 Texas Ave. 779-3516 Standard of living growth slows United Press International WASHINGTON — The Amer ican standard of living — long consi dered one of the wonders of the world — is in trouble. For the past century, each genera tion of Americans — except during the Great Depression — has become accustomed to a standard of living roughly double that of the genera tion immediately before it. Between 1890 and 1970 the na tion’s output of goods and services per person, adjusted for inflation. 9 /upfn»mba Eddie Dominguez 66 Joe Arciniega '74 If you want the real thing, not frozen or canned . . . We call It “Mexican Food Supreme." 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The average American income, af ter taxes and inflation, has tripled since the Depression of the 1930. —The average American’s life ex pectancy has increased by five years since 1950. —The percentage of families with incomes below the poverty level was halved, from 18 percent in 1960 to 9 percent in 1977. —In 1950, somewhat more than The average American income, after taxes and inflation, has tri pled since the Depression of the 1930s. half the country ’s households owned their homes. In 1977, 65 percent did. The two decades after World War II saw a phenomenal burst of tech nology in the American home. In 1950, 9 percent of American households had television. In 1979, 97.7 percent did. In 1960, 15 percent of homes had room air conditioners. In 1978, 55 percent. The number of registered auto mobiles has tripled since 1950 and now amounts to slightly more than one vehicle for each two Americans. In 1960, American passenger cars guzzled 41 billion gallons of gasoline. By 1977, they had doubled this to 81 billion gallons, even after a slight re duction in mileage per gallon. With the coming of the jet air plane, the distance flown by domes tic airline passengers increased more *★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★** X SKYWAY TWIN J * 2000 E. 29th * * 822-3300 £ X ^ Admission is $1.50 ^ * EAST * i * i THE * I ELECTRIC HORSEMAN £ * 7:15 & 10:35 ? i also * -K £ THE BUDDY HOLLY £ £ STORY t f 9:05 * than 20 fold between 1950 and 1978. But Americans cannot take these rising expectations for granted forever. In recent years the growth of America’s material standard of living appears to have slowed. While during the 1950s and 1960s it was rising rapidly by almost any measure, whether it has risen at all in the last few years depends on how you measure it. And measuring it isn’t easy. “In the past year there has been a substantial deterioration in the stan dard of living of the average worker,’’ says Rudy Oswald, research director for the AFL-CIO. Last year, Oswald said, consumer prices rose more than 13 percent, but wages rose only 8 percent, so the average worker was 5 percent worse off in purchasing power. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has tried since 1947 to keep track of the “real, spendable earnings” — after federal Last year, Rudy Oswald, re search director for the AFL- CIO, said, consumer prices rose more than 13percent, but wages rose only 8 percent, so the aver age worker was 5 percent worse off in purchasing power. taxes and inflation — of the average blue collar worker, representing ab out three-fifths of the work force. Its figures say that a worker’s pur chasing power rose 23 percent in the 1950s and 13 percent in the 1960s but declined 2 percent from 1970 through 1979 and fell 5 percent dur- MANOR EAST 3 ; MANOR EAST MALL . 823-8300 ****** * ing 1979 alone. But BLS itself says these figures are misleading. For one thing, they are based on the taxes of a “typical” family that no longer is typical — a working father, nonworking wife and two dependent children. The Census Bureau says both hus band and wife now work for a living in half the nation ’s husband-and-wife households. Also, according to Dudley Young of BLS, the wages measured by BLS do not represent this hypothetical “Whatever measure you use, last year was terrible, ” says Lawrence Chimcrine, chairman of Chase Econometrics. "And the performance over the last 5 or 6 years has been way below what it was historically. ” family. The average has been lo wered by inclusion of part-time workers and hy the huge influx of women and teen-agers into the labor force since 1960, many of whom work for relatively low wages. A third problem with the figures. Young says, is that they adjust for inflation by the Consumer Price In dex. BLS and many private experts believe that in the current economy the CPI exaggerates inflation by perhaps 2 percentage points. Young believes the Commerce Department’s monthly figures on “real, disposable income” per person are a better mirror of the standard of living. These cover all Americans, work ing or not; all kinds of income includ ing rents, dividends and pensions; local as well as .federal taxes, and they compute inflation by a different mea sure (the personal consumption ex penditures deflator) which many consider more realistic than the CPI. This real, disposable income per HL i PUTT Southern T&w/Wu UNtVfRVrr SOUARf SHOPPING CIN1|t Saturn t Y 1| DOLBY STEREO j R CINEMA Snow Ski Equipment: Rossignol Skis, Hanson Boots-Size 6, Poles. Only used twice. 693- 5703. 112t5 Typing. Experienced, fast, accurate. All kinds 822-0544 . . . Itfn Typing. Full time. Symbols. 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But its growth has si* during the late 1970s, anditlj percent during 1979. “Whatever measure youi®| year was terrible,” says Late Chimcrine, chairman ofQiastL no me tries. “And the perfont; over the last 5 or 6 years hasC way below what it was histork{ Still another measure oft standard is the median incoil American families, adjustedfotrf tion. (Median means theren] many families above as below,i used to remove distortionscausf. very high and very low income 11 rose 37 percent in the 1®< percent in the 1960s, butonhl; cent between 1970 and W, latest figures. Family income figures have! seen in the light of what t happening to the American fat is getting smaller, decreasing! an average of 3.54 persons in® 3.33 in 1978. At the same time, therearer workers per family. Both k and wife worked for a living pe rce nt of husband and-wife k. in 1960. In 1979, itwaslSperc Benner also notes that, win- income housewives eamatwii measured in the standard offe “The product they lose by le the household is not netted e that. ” While consumer prices rose percent overall last year, lieo lates that the prices of nect? rose 17.6 percent — including gy 37.4 percent, shelter lit cent, food 10.2 percent and me: care 10.1 percent. Those four items comprise thirds of the household bud;- four out of five American k Alperovitz said. Going one step farther, Ch ine says the discretionaryinco: Americans — after they havek these necessities, and adjust!:: inflation — fell in 1979 beta lev el reached in 1973. Union workers have donek than non-union in this struggL employment cost to businessd ion employees rose 8.4 pent fiscal 1979, according to the&E on Wage and Price Stability- that for nonunion workers ns percent. The picture isn’t one-side; some ways, not measuredbync the figures, Americans are bet For example, a family tk held on to a house during tk three decades has madealars; in wealth. In addition, the em: ment is a little cleaner, thee place safer. AUTO INSURANCE FOR AGGIES: Call: George Webb Farmers Insurance Group | 3400 S. College 8234 DRAPERIES PLUS NEEDS SEAMSTRESSES! Immediate employment $3.10/hour plus. Hours negotiable. Call 823-5688 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ii2t3 JOB 'OPPORTUNITIES THE ORIGINAL TEAM CLEANING AGENCY Wants reliable, energetic employees with phone and car for residential or commercial cleaning. $3.30/hour and up, plus travel HOME CARE SERVICES 846-1905 112tfn SWENSElfS Accepting applications for dishwashers, cooks, fountaineers, and cashiers. Pick up applications at SWENSEN’S in Culpepper Plaza JOBS! CRUISESHIPSI/SAILING EXPEDITIONS!/ SAILING CAMPS. No experience. Good Pay. Summer. Career. NATIONWIDE, WORL DWIDE! 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