Working Hard, Falling Short

America’s Working Families and the Pursuit of Economic Security

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

October 31, 2004


Too many American families are struggling to get by, advance to the middle class and provide a secure future for their children. This report takes a hard look at why so many working families are struggling, how state and federal policies are falling short, and what we can do to prevent the pursuit of the American dream from becoming a national nightmare. 

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Key Takeaway

For millions of families, the goal of economic self-sufficiency remains stubbornly out of reach

More than one in four working families in America now earn wages so low that they have difficulty surviving financially. Our society must do more to ensure that these workers can make ends meet and build a future for their families.

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