Unformatted text preview: a year or two. The Middle Class • Beginning around 1970, many U.S. families found themselves working harder than ever, yet feeling that they were falling behind. For a large share of workers, earnings have stalled, forcing them to work longer hours to meet the rising costs of housing and college. • Underlying this pattern of stalled earnings are economic changes. Specifically, lower-paid service work (e.g., sales positions, computer data entry, and fast-food restaurant work) has replaced factory work. • Young people are also feeling this pinch, which is why more than half (53%) of those between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four now live with their parents....
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- Fall '10
- Poverty, poor people, underclass