The American Dream is grounded in the belief that hard work leads to economic advancement and self-sufficiency. Today, the stark reality is that too many American families, despite working hard, earn incomes too low to achieve economic security.
The statistics paint a troubling picture:
• More than one out of four working families with children is low-income. In all, a total of 42 million adults and children struggle to get by.
• The number of low-income working families increased by 350,000 between 2002 and 2006.
• Income inequality among working families increased by almost 10 percent from 2002 to 2006.
Link to full report from "The Working Poor Families Project