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My Economy: The expensive side of working gigs

Feb 16, 2017
A former engineer on why short-term jobs aren't just for millennials.
Co-working spaces like Cove in Washington, D.C.,  are growing as more people work the short-term jobs of the gig economy.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

My Economy: Refugee says America is still 'the land of opportunity'

Feb 8, 2017
For the Ngalamulume family, the vetting process was difficult. But now two brothers are taking advantage of opportunities their parents never had.
Patrick Ngalamulume, left, and his brother George Ngalamulume are refugees from Zambia who immigrated to the U.S. in 2008.
Courtesy Patrick and George Ngalamulume

My Economy: What it’s like to be the parent of a disabled child

Jan 9, 2017
Margaret Enos of Pennsylvania says it’s a full-time job.
Margaret Enos (L) and family.
Courtesy Margaret Enos

My Economy: A Dreamer caught between DACA and what comes next

Dec 13, 2016
Kathia Garcia is able to work and support her family now, but worries about what might change under a Trump administration.
Kathia Garcia

My Economy: Free college "changed my life"

Nov 23, 2016
Mike Essl is fighting to bring back free tuition at New York's Cooper Union.
Mike Essl, a graduate and acting dean of the Cooper Union School of Art, bears a tattoo of the college's iconic Foundation Building.
Leo Sorel/Courtesy of The Cooper Union

My Economy: How a single mom makes ends meet

Oct 14, 2016
A low-wage worker shares her experience living paycheck to paycheck.
At $13 an hour, it's hard for Lydia Flores to support her family.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

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My Economy: Educational aspirations in a borderland

Feb 5, 2016
Many students in the border region are constantly moving between two countries.
Bowie is located in the Chamizal neighborhood in the South Central part of El Paso.
- Tommy Andres / Marketplace

My Economy: Life between two countries

Feb 4, 2016
A couple's lives are split between countries after a traffic stop and deportation.
A woman crosses the Sante Fe Bridge at Paso Del Norte, one of three ports of entry connecting El Paso and Juarez.
Tommy Andres/Marketplace

My Economy: The divided life of business at the border

Feb 3, 2016
When you live on an international border, the global economy is the local economy.
Roughly 20,000 pedestrians cross the border between El Paso and Juarez each day to work, shop and go to school.
Tommy Andres