While our nation struggles with a whopping unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent, with four out of every 10 unemployed Americans among the long-term unemployed (more than 27 weeks), there are some people who continue to do just fine:
* Wall Street paid $20.3 billion in bonuses in 2009. That’s a 17 percent increase in one year.
* At Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley – three of the biggest banks’ compensation was up 31 percent in 2009.
* The average taxable bonus on Wall Street was nearly $124,000 last year.
* The five biggest health insurance companies reaped $12.2 billion in profits in 2009 – a 56% increase over the year before.
* The 400 richest households in the U.S. saw their income more than double since President Bush’s tax cuts in 2005.
* These households have more wealth than 155 million Americans combined.
* The number of U.S. millionaires rose by 16 percent last year. Those worth five million or more jumped by 17 percent.