More U.S. families are struggling economically despite parents being employed, according to a new report issued by the Working Poor Families Project. Analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the research firm reported that an additional 200,000 working poor emerged in 2011. Over 10 million such families now live near poverty.
According to the report, some of the working poor take jobs as maids, cashiers, waiters and work in the fast-food industry. Many of these people are taking these jobs after losing more secure middle class jobs during the recent recession.
The rise in working poor families also affects children. Some of these parents work long hours and night shifts. Getting child care is also a challenge. To read the full report click here.