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1 in 3 Working Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Analysis released today by the Working Poor Families Project shows that 1 in 3 working families are struggling to make ends meet

Just between 2008 and 2009, the number of low income working families increased by nearly a quarter of a million (246,000), adding another 1.7 million to the number of people living in low income working families.

While unemployment remains a problem, this analysis also makes clear that many who do have jobs are struggling as well.  The authors offer a set of recommendations for federal and state policymakers:

  • Expand the number of low-skilled adults
    who enroll in education and skills
    development programs and successfully
    obtain postsecondary credentials valued in
    the labor market.
  • Improve wages, benefits and supports for
    low-income working families and
    stimulate the creation of significantly
    more good jobs.
  • Regularly assess the challenges faced by
    america’s working families and the
    adequacy and success of government policies
    that facilitate their drive for economic
    advancement and security

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  2. Alex

    December 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Unemployment will only get worse in NC in the coming year !

  3. Alex O.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Even middle class families like ours are struggling to make ends meet. We know what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck. When my friends talk about buying Xmas presents, talk about restaurants I should try, clothes shopping, or the latest movie I sit quietly knowing these things are luxuries I can not afford. My credit card is high but the purchases are medical, utilities,grocery store, and gas.

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