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Self-employed voters look for security

Sep 26, 2008
Being your own boss also means paying all your own bills, including health insurance. As part of our "Interested Parties" series, Ashley Milne-Tyte asks self-employed voters what issues matter to them.

Working 2 jobs, just trying to get by

Sep 24, 2008
For a lot of people dealing with rising prices and joblessness, the craziness on Wall Street seems pretty far away. As part of our "Interested Parties" series, Adriene Hill asks Chicago's working poor what they want of a new president.

For Vets, jobs are a big campaign issue

Sep 23, 2008
Almost 2 million people have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One in five doesn't have a job. One in four makes less than $22,000 a year. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Indian voter: priority is American jobs

Sep 23, 2008
In our series "Interested Parties," we talk to voters about their economic concerns. Nandini Pandya came to the U.S. in 1983 to work as a computer programmer. She's been a citizen more than 10 years.
Posted In: Economy

Economic worries weigh on the young

Sep 22, 2008
As recent college graduates and current students begin to deal with "real world" challenges, they're also getting ready to head to the polls this November. Sean Cole reports on what they want from the next administration.
Posted In: Economy


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Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?