Women and Men Living on the Edge

Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession

By Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Rockefeller Foundation

October 3, 2011


This report shares findings from the 2010 Survey of Economic Security. The survey, conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Rockefeller Foundation, tells how people felt about their own economic security following the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The results are far from rosy and indicate that, even after the recession’s official end, millions of Americans are financially frustrated, vulnerable and struggling.

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Key Takeaway

The economic aftershocks of the Great Recession run broad and deep

More than 18 months after the Great Recession’s end, millions of men and women are still struggling to afford the basic building blocks of American life, including: utility bills (68 million), health care (80 million) and food (41 million).

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