Wage stagnation plus pandemic hits hourly workers the hardest

American Rescue Plan will help these people most with extended unemployment benefits, rent assistance, $1,400 checks and child allowances.



March 16, 2021 - 11:13 AM

Six-year-old Isabella Harnett works on her tablet as her mom, Jennifer Ortiz helps her other daughter Gianna Bright, 8, with schoolwork Wednesday at their Allentown, Pa., home. The pandemic's strain on families is real.

Some remember when a single income could provide for an entire family.

Whether it was a job at Lehigh Cement or teaching school, Gates Corporation or IMP Boats, single incomes were sufficient to support a middle-class lifestyle. 

That hasn’t been the case for 40 years.

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