More Americans Struggle to Afford Food
Americans' overall access to basic needs is close to record-lowWASHINGTON, D.C. -- More Americans are struggling to afford food -- nearly as many as did during the recent recession. The 20.0% who reported in August that they have, at times, lacked enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed during the past year, is up from 17.7% in June, and is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011. The percentage who struggle to afford food now is close to the peak of 20.4% measured in November 2008, as the global economic crisis unfolded.
No Disney Fun for Orlando Workers as Poverty Nears 20%
Vlier belongs to a growing class of working poor in Orlando, which has the lowest median pay among the 50 most-populous American metropolitan areas, according to U.S. Labor Department data. Three of the city’s largest employers, including Walt Disney Co., increased starting pay this year. Even after Disney raised its minimum wage to $10 per hour, Vlier still lives below the federal poverty line.
80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey finds
Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.
24% of Kalamazoo County households live above poverty line but below cost-of-living levels
People who are working, but not making enough to keep by with the cost of living, may choose unlicensed child care (rather than traditional and more expensive care) and emergency room visits
I — They have often been called the working poor -- people who live above the poverty line but below basic cost-of-living levels.
They are people who are typically working at low-paying jobs, living paycheck to paycheck and in a constant financial struggle.