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The Working Poor

The "working poor" are people who have a job - maybe even several - yet are barely scraping by. They’re often invisible... mopping the floors after closing, taking fares at a parking garage, or frying your burger behind the counter. ideastream's Brian Bull shares these profiles in the short series The Working Poor.

The Working Poor, Part V: An Interview with ‘Working Poor’ Author David K. Shipler

Regional News Stories
Posted December 23, 2013

The former New York Times reporter talks about his research and experience with America's struggling working class.

The Working Poor, Part IV: Marilyn

Regional News Stories
Posted December 23, 2013

An unemployed Cleveland elder contends with a tight budget and sporadic work, while also caring for her mother.

The Working Poor, Part III: Bridget

Regional News Stories
Posted November 28, 2013

A college graduate finds herself on food stamps and living in her parent's basement.

The Working Poor, Part II: Brushawn

Regional News Stories
Posted October 6, 2013

Our Working Poor series continues with a Cleveland man working two jobs and hoping to reconnect with family.

The Working Poor, Part I: Natasha and Robin

Regional News Stories
Posted August 27, 2013

A Cleveland fast food worker and mother tells her story about working while planning for bigger things ahead.