Trapped in America's Safety Net

Trapped in America's Safety Net

One Family's Struggle

Andrea Louise Campbell

Every year, one in seven earners experiences a drop in earnings of 50 percent or more, while one in five experiences a 25 percent drop. 6 During these troughs, individuals and families may fall into social assistance eligibility. The consensus among most researchers is that income volatility has increased over time, particularly for family earnings.

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