So the data is the same in Laramie and Lawrence, KS, from Miami to Maine and San Diego to Seattle. And most economists--though they don't emphasize their feelings on the matter (being firmly ensconced, as a class, in the top two quintiles), believe that this trend will continue well into the future. That's part of the wonder of "globalization." Cheaper goods manufactured overseas by poverty workers keeps inflation low while removing high-paying factory jobs from (formerly) industrialized nations like the U.S.A. That depresses wages at the low end, since all those workers must find new jobs in a job market that isn't creating so many low skilled jobs. Supply and demand, classic.