A good job that pays high enough wages to buy groceries, pay the rent or mortgage on time, and save for the future is crucial to moving up the economic ladder. But for too many families— particularly low-income families and families of color—such jobs are out of reach.
The nation’s economic recovery from the Great Recession has not created enough jobs to go around, and most of the jobs that are being created do not provide family-supporting wages and benefits. The interlocking challenges of inadequate access to high-quality education and employment, insufficient worker protections, and persistent racial discrimination in the labor market have trapped millions of Americans in poverty and insecurity—those without jobs as well as those stuck in low-wage work.
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