40 Percent of U.S. Households Can’t Afford Middle Class Essentials

This, according to a new study from the United Way.

Data was taken from 2007 and 2010 in order to compare the beginning AND THE END of the Great Recession. The information is updated every two years to reveal change over time. The results of the latest research will be made public Thursday and take into account rent, child care, food, transportation and health care costs in each county in the United States. The study is part of The ALICE Project, which seeks to highlight shortcomings of a standardized Federal Poverty Level. ALICE households earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford living basics. According to the 2016 data, 34.7 million households in the USA that aren’t meeting their base needs despite being gainfully employed and above the federal poverty level. Do these numbers surprise you? Sound off in the comments!

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