Retail employees such as cashiers are among the least-paid U.S. workers.
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Employment and wages soared in the latest labor report, but that’s small comfort for the many workers with a job that doesn’t pay a living wage.
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The Covid-19 pandemic raises the question of the precariousness of foreigners dependent on social assistance in Switzerland - a precariousness that is still growing.
Trump has tried to keep his taxes in the dark for years.
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Because the rich often have complicated deductions that dabble in the gray areas of tax law, it’s simply easier to audit the straightforward taxes of the working poor.
Demand for food aid has soared during the pandemic.
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The earned income tax credit lifts around 6 million of the working poor out of poverty every year, but with the economy hammered by COVID-19, many might not get the benefit they need.
Job seekers wait on the side of a road in South Africa. Joblessness stands at a record high.
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Economic distress was the norm for many before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic is an opportunity to provide an economically secure future for all.
Mass transit ridership in Los Angeles and elsewhere has plummeted during the crisis.
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One in 5 of the poorest US households don’t have a car and rely on public transportation to get around.
Low-wage poverty is highly associated with unstable work such as in the informal sector.
Paid employment is no longer a guarantee that workers will earn enough to cover their basic needs and become relatively secure financially. Hence the global phenomenon of the working poor.
New research shows high numbers of people in the UK are working multiple low-paid jobs.
About 12.7 percent of Americans lived below the poverty line in 2016.
A White House Council concluded that the war on poverty is “largely over.” But, while poverty among seniors has declined, poverty among adults and children as changed little over the last 40 years.
The national minimum wage in Fiji is just $2.32 Fijian dollars per hour, or F$111.36 for a 48-hour week.
Experience in Fiji shows that reducing working poverty requires not only a raise in the minimum wage, but a minimum set of government services and benefits.
Sen. Chuck Grassley recently seemed to suggest some poor people spend all their money on “booze or women or movies.”
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As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
The ACTU has launched a campaign to create a living wage.
The ACTU has proposed Australia adopt a “living wage”. This might improve the incomes of some people, but it wouldn’t solve “working poverty”.
Big Issue sellers get social contact and dignity out of their work, but it’s not a secure pathway out of poverty and homelessness.
Big Issue sellers get social contact and dignity out of their work, but it’s not a secure pathway out of poverty and homelessness. Social enterprises enable small steps; governments can do much more.
It is important to take serious the increasing risk of those who work but remain in poverty. When the population feels that it is losing even if it respects the rules of the game, populism increases.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
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A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
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New research shows that a third of UK families fall below a minimum standard of living – many are hardworking but still struggle to make ends meet.
For people to leave benefits there has to be a job worth leaving benefits for.
Getting jobseekers off benefits and into well-paid jobs should be a priority. So why has pace been glacial?
Unemployment is the main concern for about half of South Africa’s poor population while the other half is concerned about low earnings or the poor quality of work.
One in five workers in South Africa is poor. The plight of the working poor has wide implications. Employers have a responsibility to ensure a minimum level of decent wages.
Investments like reading to a child can make a big difference to how she performs later in life.
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Investment gaps may be key to understanding why poorer children perform so much worse throughout life.
Federal contractors are among the working poor
Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson spoke of war on poverty and pursuit of a great society. He talked about investing in education and employment and about eliminating social exclusion that comes with poverty…