There's something wrong with the Real DPI chart. It says it's a chart of Real DPI *Growth*. But if that's true, we're living in quite prosperous times It appears to show wobbly *growth* of 13%-14% since 2006. But you'll have a hard time finding anyone who thinks Real Disposable Incomes are now double what they were a mere seven years ago. It seems obvious that the chart should be labeled "Real DPI", and you can observe growth (or the lack thereof) from its lines. It also appears to be indexed against 2000, so those percentages on the right hand axis are showing cumulative change since then, not annual growth rates.