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Working Poor

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You are all potential terrorists and will be treated as such. Here's half a Diet Coke as a reward for being compliant.

'My Degree Has Been Pretty Much Useless'

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

LeAndra Martinez is an aspiring producer living in Los Angeles. She graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in film production and has since shut...

The Hourly Rate of Poverty

Nora T. Akins | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Twenty-eight million workers are currently making minimum wage. Less than 25 percent are between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. More than half are women (62 percent).

Underemployment, Poverty and the New Normal in America

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

Underemployment is expensive in dollars and even more costly in terms of its impact on children of under-employed parents. We need to make discussing and addressing this imperfect imbalance a priority.

Burning the Candle at Both Ends: A Reflection on Work in America

Zachary Norris | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

Not only have governments failed to create jobs or raise wages to meet increases in the cost of living over the last 40 years, the allocation of state budgets geared toward criminalization and incarceration have skyrocketed relative to increases in education and critical social programs to support American working families.

Most Detroit Families Can't Afford Their Basic Needs: Report

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact

Two-thirds of Detroiters can't afford basic needs like housing and health care, even when family members are employed, according to a new report. O...

Try Looking Past The Elephant

Chris Dean | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Chris Dean

Why, you ask, isn't anyone talking about the class issue if it figured so heavily into it? Because people are more comfortable talking about things that are beyond their control.

The Working Poor's Diet Plan

K. Ford K. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

The working poor deserve to be healthy, strong and happy. Eat as well as you possibly can. Stay as healthy as you can. Above all, live to fight another day towards a better life for you and your children.

College President Gives $90,000 Of His Salary To Lowest-Paid Employees On Campus

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.04.2014 | College

Raymond Burse, interim president of Kentucky State University, elected to have his salary decreased from $349,869 to $259,745 in order to boost the pa...

My Life On Unemployment

Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD | Posted 07.30.2014 | Money
Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD

No, I am not rotting in my parents' basement. However, if I had not moved in with my mother, I would be homeless. I am single and have no children; however, if I had children, I would likely be eligible for additional benefits.

'I've Become One Of The Shadow People'

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Lisa Millard, 50, of Las Vegas has been out of work since April. I've worked as a poker supervisor in Las Vegas for the past 10 years. I had a good...

An Open Letter to Eric Holder and the Department of Justice

Carla Shutak | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

How do I, as a victimized consumer, apply for said relief? You see, many of us used-to-haves out here in the real world are still trying to claw and scrape our way out of the hole these financial institutions dug for us to live inside.

Health Care Professional With Master's Degree, Laid Off And Moving Back Home

Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD

I am the last person you would expect to be among the long-term unemployed. Now I've moved in with my mother, back into my childhood bedroom.

Support Solar, But Not At The Cost Of The Working Poor

Jeff Johnson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Johnson

Low income households that are already spending a significant portion of their income on household energy costs shouldn't be saddled with additional financial burdens because of their wealthier neighbors' decision to install rooftop solar systems.

'Sometimes I'm Down To Pennies Before It's Time To Get Paid Again'

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Nicole Bethel, 31, works as a registered nurse in Dayton, Ohio. This morning as I stopped at the gas station, my card was declined. My gas light w...

Time for California to Set a Fair Standard for Minimum Wage Pay

Judy Patrick | Posted 08.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

As of July 1, California's minimum wage will go from $8/hour to $9/hour. And by 2016, that wage will be $10. But here's the thing: inflation. AB 10 will never move families of three or four above the federal poverty line. We're going backwards. But we don't have to.

Working for Our Working Families

Maria Shriver | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Maria Shriver

Today only 20 percent of U.S. families have a working father and a stay-at-home mother. Instead, two thirds of families depend either partly or wholly on the wages of working women, and many of those families are barely making it. Fully 42 million women in this country and the 28 million kids who depend on them are teetering on or over the brink of poverty.

Income Disparity and the Minimum Wage: Six Degrees of Separation to the Solution

Gary Stein | Posted 08.12.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Income inequality is a topic that hovers over our economy like the mother ship from Independence Day. It has a national impact as well as individual impacts to millions of Americans.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

This Is What Barely Making Ends Meet In America Sounds Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Starting last year, The Huffington Post asked people surviving on wages near the federal minimum, as well as those struggling to even find a job, to c...

Can a Post Office Be a Bank?

John Harrington | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
John Harrington

Instead of privatizing the post office, there may be a better way to raise revenue for the post office by providing financial services for many who need access to credit and short-term capital.

My Life On The Walmart Treadmill

Jamaad Reed | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Jamaad Reed

This is the America of the 21st century, a country divided along lines of morality, where wealth equates to power and the gap between those who have and those who don't is increasing. I will continue to speak up for those who aren't able to speak up for themselves.

Fox Business Gives Show To Poor-Bashing Analyst With Sketchy Financial History

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business

Fox Business Network is giving a show that will provide investment advice to a man with a history of promoting companies that turn out to be virtually...

Nick Wing

Here's The Painful Truth About What It Means To Be 'Working Poor' In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

In a nation that has long operated on the principle that an "American Dream" is available to anyone willing to try hard enough, the term "working poor" may seem to have a bright side.

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.

I Am Not a Myth

Carey Fuller | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Carey Fuller

I've become accustomed to the looks of disbelief from people who didn't know I was homeless or that I had a mini stroke while homeless.