Upward mobility stagnates, but questions remain

01/24/2014 1:10 PM

01/24/2014 12:36 PM

Re “U.S. rags to riches? Study doesn't see it” (Page A4, Jan. 23): I was surprised by the study’s conclusion that it's no easier to move up in social class than before. Now, I feel like upward mobility is such an illusion. You hear about a miracle once in a while, but moving up really is a miracle. It's disappointing but clear to see this is the result of increasing population, (apparently) dwindling job opportunities and the high hiring standards. What I wonder the most is how much mobility minorities have. For immigrants in the 21st century, I would think that mobility is impossible, at least until the next generation, or even the one after, because of increasing job requirements for middle-class employment. The article was an interesting read, but it left me with questions about just who is affected most.

-- Aaron Matsuda, Sacramento

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