Working poor families on rise in US despite economic turn
- Year: 2013
- Length: 5:06 minutes (4.68 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
As President Obama begins his second term, his administration has often cited improvements in the US economy. The official unemployment rate dropped from above 10 to below 8 percent during his first term, and there’s been some recovery in the housing sector. But there’s little relief for those earning the least. From 2007 to 2011, the percentage of low-income working families increased each year to more than a third nationally in 2011.
Those figures come from new census data that reveals a tough American economy for working poor families and a growing inequality gap between the rich and poor. The Working Poor Families Project, a nationwide policy group, has analyzed the data.
Brandon Roberts manager of the organization and he joins us now. To access the full report: http://www.workingpoorfamilies.org/