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Money Tips for the Working Poor: Exploring All Options in Unemployment (Part 3 of 3)

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

As the demand for low skilled manufacturing jobs decreases, and the demand for high skilled jobs increases, what should an employee such as one of the 104 laid off in the Flint, Michigan plan to do?

Money Tips for the Working Poor: Exploring All Options in Unemployment (Part 2 of 3)

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

As the demand for low skilled manufacturing jobs decreases, and the demand for high skilled jobs increases, what should an employee such as one of the 104 laid off in the Flint, Michigan plan to do?

Money Tips for the Working Poor: Exploring All Options in Unemployment (Part 1 of 3)

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.09.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

So as the demand for low-skilled manufacturing jobs decreases, and the demand for high-skilled jobs increases, what should an employee such as one of the 104 laid off in the Flint, Michigan plan to do?

Should America's Working Poor Get a Raise?

Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact

By Sean J. Miller, TakePart Amie Crawford, 56, relocated to Chicago to be closer to family about 14 months ago. Despite three decades of experience...

Congress Should Work to Help the Working Poor by Finding a Solution to End the Sequester

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

This week made clear that Wall Street has made its comeback. The Dow Jones industrial average pushed past the high it last reached over five years ago, but what about the rest of America, particularly the working poor?

Obama's Lip Service to the Poor

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Mark Cassello

Inciting a partisan brawl over the minimum wage is clearly political posturing on the part of the Democrats rather than a sincere attempt to solve a deepening problem.

Time for a Significant Increase in the Nation's Minimum Wage

Byron Williams | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

Our economy could be strengthened by an increase in the minimum wage that keeps pace with productivity. To accept the current economic trend as normal is to believe the Gilded Age represents the good old days. Can't we do better?

Dave Jamieson

Dems Propose Minimum Wage Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) plan to jointly introduce legislation on Tuesday to raise the federal minimum...

When Sequestration Hits, Women and Children Bear Heavy Burden of Cuts

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The across-the-board cuts that go into effect on Friday are going to impact every American family. But the poor and working families are about to be hit hard.

'She Couldn't Take Time Off, Because She Would Not Be Paid'

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

Life isn't easy at $7.25 an hour. Following President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he called for increasing the national ho...

Common 'Cents': Tips for the Working Poor

Ryan Mack | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

"I don't make enough money to save." This statement is arguably the most powerful statement an individual can make as it relates to their finances. The one who makes a statement such as this has already thrown up the white flag in their quest to move forward economically.

The Roots of Poverty

Bruce Hartford | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

Most poor people have productive jobs -- often multiple jobs -- and they are working longer and longer hours but remain mired in poverty. This is not caused by lack of opportunity alone, it's also caused by lack of power to change the systems that create and continually recreate poverty.

Expert: Most Are A Few Mistakes Away From Collecting Cans

www.takepart.com | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact

At a recent Academy screening of their film Redemption, filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill didn’t need to remind Academy Award voters that ...

Common 'Cents': Money Tips for the Working Poor -- Tip #3: Take a Financial Picture

Ryan Mack | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

If you are going to chart the progress of your weight loss during a diet, you must first start by facing the music and stepping on the scale. The same applies for your finances.

Common 'Cents': Money Tips for the Working Poor

Ryan Mack | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

Today, if you are "working poor" the first thing I want you to learn is "contentment." I know what many of you are thinking. Many of you are thinking that contentment means, "I am happy to be poor." But this couldn't be further from the truth.

Number of Low-Income Working Families Grows for 5th Consecutive Year

Brandon Roberts | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Brandon Roberts

Three years after the U.S. economy statistically emerged from the "great recession," the number of working poor in this country not only is not declining, but actually continues to grow.

Why The Middle Class Is Slipping Away

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business

* Last year saw 200,000 more low-income families in U.S. -report * Despite jobs, more families can't pay basic expenses ...

Resolution 2013: Fighting the American War Within

Monika Mitchell | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Monika Mitchell

The debates on human rights, gun control, climate change, gay marriage, "entitlement" programs, job initiatives, bank regulations and tax reform reveal the great cultural and ideological chasm widening among America's citizenry.

Dave Jamieson

New Years Payday: Minimum Wage Jumps In 10 States

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- New Years Day will bring a small pay bump to some of the lowest-paid American workers, with 10 states set to hike their minimum wages fo...

Sean's Ear Infection

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When a child gets sick, a family's schedule gets upended. Parents debate who's in a better position to miss a day of work. Under the best of circumstances, it won't be a great day. I'd like to take you through what that day is like for a low-income family.

Eggs, Legs and the Chained CPI

Benjamin Todd Jealous | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Todd Jealous

As the fiscal cliff approaches, I am reminded of an old country adage about sacrifice. Simply put, we should not tell people making $250,000 or $350,000 they can keep their "eggs" if the alternative is to ask people who rely on social security for survival to give up their "legs."

Heat For Poor At Stake In Fiscal Cliff Fight

AP | CLARKE CANFIELD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

PORTLAND, Maine -- Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Cong...

God Bless 'Em for Talking about Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It's time for that conversation, and so much more, about how we are going to address the avalanche-style tumble of families in America into the bottom two quintiles of the socioeconomic ladder.

Dems Must Add Class Issues to Story of Election

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Ira Chernus

It's always been taboo in America to talk about class. The Democrats are just beginning to talk about the divide between the rich and the rest of us. It's another big step to talk about the differences between those above and below the median income.

Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Eric Sapp | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Eric Sapp

In America, we have always valued how hard a person works over what they have. Our politicians shouldn't be embarrassed to even mention our working poor -- they should be proud of them.