Michele Merrill

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Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

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The real reason the US labor force is shrinking: millennial women

A big takeaway from last week’s US jobs report was that the labor participation rate fell in July. The decline hints that people who don’t find the job market favorable just stop actively looking for work, which complicates the actual unemployment rate because they are not counted. But research by …

Demographics

How workers took a bite out of Silicon Valley’s wealth gap

Widening class disparities in San Jose generated a powerful political response: A higher minimum wage<p>In her excellent long read on the successful fight for a higher minimum wage in San Jose, Nona Willis Aronowitz describes the heart of Silicon Valley as kind of ground zero for "wealth gap" class …

Marriage wage gap: Post-recession, only middle-class Americans can afford to get married.

Cindy grew up in small-town Ohio, the daughter of a union factory worker and a homemaker. Her mom packed her dad’s lunch every day, the family headed …

Poor prospects in a "middle class" society

ONE OF the biggest myths about the United States is that it's a mostly "middle class" society, with poverty confined to a minority of the …

Sheryl Sandberg Should Know Better Than to Ask Interns to Work for Free

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For decades, companies have been "employing" interns to do work. But a spate of recent litigation …

Fareed Zakaria: Social immobility erodes American dream

If there’s one issue on which both the left and right agree, it is the crisis of declining mobility. The American dream at its core is that a person, no matter his or her background, can make it here. A few weeks ago, four economists at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley released …

Are the Suburbs Where the American Dream Goes to Die?

New research shows upward mobility is higher in denser cities<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>Rumors of the American Dream's demise have been greatly exaggerated -- at least in parts of America.<p>That's the message of a new study that looks at the connection between geography and social mobility in the United …

The American Dream turns nightmare

The Associated Press released some shocking and dismal research over the weekend: “Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, …

What Every U.S. Family Really Needs for a Minimum Living Standard

Demographics

Boomers Must Take Some Blame And Help Fix Generation Y Unhappy Problem

www.waitbutwhy.com - aweinstein.kinja.com<p>I woke up early this morning and evidently my daughter woke up even earlier given that she had already left …

As the middle class dwindles, so do marriage rates

Keith and Emelia Stark admit their marriage isn’t a typical one – Keith has 19 years on his 23-year-old bride – but in most ways, they’re cut from …

'Survivors, scrapers:' Why the middle class feels like it just can't get ahead

After years of struggling just to make ends meet, many Americans who describe themselves as middle class say they feel like they are barely hanging on, rather than getting ahead.<p>That’s no surprise, given the years of economic data showing just how hard it has been for many people in the middle of …

Demographics

RIP, the middle class: 1946-2013

The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen<p>I know I’m dating myself by writing this, but I remember the middle class.<p>I grew up in an automaking town in the 1970s, when it was still possible for a high school graduate -- or even a high …

You Might Hate Obamacare, But It's Saved These People's Lives

Obamacare officially opened for enrollment at 8:17 a.m. this past Tuesday, despite glitches in the system and a government shutdown.<p>Two years ago, in October 2011, Blogger Miss M. Turner accidentally ended up starting the 'I am Obamacare' movement when she a posted a photo expressing just how much …

Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Middle-class jobs erode, shaping labor market, housing options: Live chat recap

Middle-class jobs are disappearing from Oregon.<p>High- and low-paying jobs are recovering much faster than in-the-middle blue collar and office support …

Are Americans dumb? No, it's the inequality, stupid

The US and UK have pitifully low OECD test scores. They are also the countries with some of the greatest inequality<p>Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the …