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Shining A Light On The 'Invisible' Working Poor

Dec 3, 2012
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Two-and-a-half million Americans are considered the "working poor" -- that's the highest that number's been in at least the last two decades, says Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler, who joins Krys Boyd on Think today at 1 p.m. Shipler wrote the book The Working Poor: Invisible In America. The public radio show Marketplace recently took an intriguing look at day-to-day life for these people. A couple of the choicest cuts: Kids often are charged with chipping in, and families sometimes even split up just to make ends meet.

Source: Marketplace

Halima Tinson and Rickey Ricardo are scraping by on what little money Tinson makes serving lunch at a charter school. They live well below the poverty line in a neighborhood called City Heights in San Diego. Jolie Puidokas/Marketplace

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