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Working Poor

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.

Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few -- Step 1: Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert Reich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Over time we've seen significant growth in the "working poor" -- people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished. What to do?

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Explaining "Working Poor" to My Privileged, Middle Class Children

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

When we do our "gratitude inventory" (aka, a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide

Brandon Roberts | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

Despite the U.S. economic recovery, low-wage jobs have accounted for almost 60 percent of the employment gains since 2010. As a result, the number of low-income working families has been growing and now represents almost a third of all U.S. working families.

The Rise Of The Working Poor And The Non-Working Rich

Robert Reich | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Consider the rise of both the working poor and the non-working rich, and the meritocratic ideal on which America's growing inequality is often justified doesn't hold up.

Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is a myth that the minimum wage is only for teens and entry level workers. Raising the minimum wage to $10 would impact over 15 million workers.

'If I Think About Money Too Much, I Usually End Up Having A Small Panic Attack'

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

Brittney Kagee, 23, is a recent college graduate working two hourly wage jobs, which has left her feeling jaded. I left a small, isolated town in ...

Our Disparity Disorder: Life on the Wage Floors

Doug Levitt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Doug Levitt

The asset boom combined with wage stagnation have only intensified our nation's disparity disorder, the prime metaphor for which is Walmart and its heirs, the Waltons.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact

A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans. Single Stop, USA -- a nonprofit that has serv...

The Poorest County In Each State

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business

In each state, there was at least one county with a median annual household income more than $7,000 lower than the state’s median income. Virginia a...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'I Never Thought I'd Be Able To Give My Son His Own Bedroom'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The year 2014 is ending on an economic high note: The U.S. workforce added 321,000 jobs in November, hourly wages are ticking upward, an...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

While Views Of Economy Improve, Struggles Remain For Many Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans are seeing new signs of economic optimism, but their views of their own finances remain comparatively bleak. Views of the e...

Zi-Ann Lum

This City Eliminated Poverty, And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Manitoba. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided checks to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their in...

The Dark Side of Black Friday

Julie Sokolow | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Julie Sokolow

Despite working full time, it's a struggle for Tristean to afford the basics such as rent, electric, and groceries. While past Walmart CEOs have made the equivalent of $16,826.92 an hour, Tristean only makes $8.60.

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.06.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.