Seeing 'The Working Poor'
The number of Americans who work but remain poor was the highest its been in the last two decades when 2010 hit -- 2.5 million, according to the Department of Labor. Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler wrote The Working Poor: Invisible In America, and he joins Krys Boyd today on Think at 1 p.m.
Recently, Tess Vigeland and Jolie Puidokas let poor families tell what day-to-day life is like for this part of the U.S. population in this story for Marketplace. They face choices that are becoming more familiar to the American middle class: childcare versus staying at home, public transportation versus car insurance and maintenance, etc. But the options are fewer. Kids are charged with chipping in, and families separate to make ends meet.