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Working Poor America

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.

'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...

'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...

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.

Consensus On Inequality: So What's the Plan?

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

What's becoming clear is that in today's global financial system the rules are rigged in favor of the very rich, and hard working poor families around the globe are finding it impossible to make ends meet.

'Next Friday, I'll Be Living In My Car'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Vincent Oviedo, 44, said he lost his job as an executive for a facility management company in June 2013 and has had difficulty finding work since then...

'I'm Lucky If I Can Buy Gas To Get To Work'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Janet Weatherly, 43, lost her job with a federal contractor in New Mexico and moved across the country to her parents' house near Pittsburgh. She make...

The War On The Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Reich | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

2014-02-07-ScreenShot20140207at12.55.58PM.pngMost Americans are on a downward escalator. Median household pay is dropping, adjusted for inflation. A smaller share of working-age Americans are in jobs than at any time in the last three decades.

'There's A Constant Terror That My Family Is Going To Starve To Death'

Andrew Perez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Jason H. Derr, 37, lives near Portland, Ore., with his wife, Erin, and their young son. He makes $10.75 an hour working as a caregiver for adults with...

'I Feel Like I'm Just Starting My Life And I'm Already Miles And Miles Behind'

Eugene Mulero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Monica Simon, 24, works full time at an online advertising firm in Philadelphia and earns $23,000 a year after taxes. She has a Bachelor of Arts degre...

'I Don't Know What's Going To Happen If I Lose The House'

Andrew Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Beverly Hill, 60, was laid off in 2007 and hasn't found a steady, full time job since. She’s run up credit card debt and spent her retirement money ...

'I Feel Like We're Climbing A Hill That's About To Give Out Into A Mudslide'

Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kelly Lingo, 22, a stay-at-home mom and student and her boyfriend, Alex Felkins, 24, are raising their 9-month-old son in the struggling city of Stock...

'It's Dirty Work And It's Often Demeaning Work, But At Least It's Work'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Vanessa Powell, 29, works full time in a Goodwill warehouse in Seattle for $9.25 an hour. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in b...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Life Under the Wheel of a $1,000 Stroller

Karen Paperno | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Karen Paperno

Mine has become a neighborhood of excess and ease while I have sunk into poverty. Here I am, the owner of a shop in the epicenter of the baby universe, and I can't make my rent. I just want people to know how some of us are hiding in plain sight, serving you with a smile while our gut lurches with hunger and anxiety.

'I'm Always Filling Out Applications, But I Don't Ever Get Called Back'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

DeAngelo Belk, 21, works part-time at a Wendy's restaurant for $7.50 an hour and is constantly searching for other means of employment. I'm staying...

'When You Make This Kind Of Money, You Don't Eat Much'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

Bernadette Feazell, 65, works at a pawn shop in Austin, Texas. She's worked there four years and makes $8 an hour, plus commission. I work at Musta...

'You Plan On Sending Your Kids To College. It's Now Out Of The Question.'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

Larry Silveira, 60, worked a full-time, salaried job until a motorcycle injury in 2009 took him out of the workforce for two years. Until then, he liv...