How Did the 1 Percent Get Ahead So Fast? Cass Sunstein, December 10, 2013, Opinion. "From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. experienced a significant economic recovery, in which average real income growth jumped by 6 percent. That’s the good news. The bad news is that almost all of that increase -- 95 percent - - was enjoyed by those in the top 1 percent of the income distribution..." Link