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When a wedding, student loan payments and economic anxiety mean it's time for a second job

May 31, 2023
"I wanted to have something that I could easily add on to my current workload," says chemist April Oliver of Bozeman, Montana.
In addition to her full-time job, April Oliver is working as an adjunct faculty member at a nearby university leading chemistry labs.
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Consumers say they're worried about the economy, but retail sales are strong

Feb 17, 2023
Data released this week shows there’s a disconnect between what people say and what they do.
"Affordable luxuries" — like an afternoon treat from Starbucks — "can actually increase in sales because of the stressful moments that people have in their lives," said Yale's Ravi Dhar.
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A new documentary about economic hardship comes from an unlikely auteur: Congress

Dec 7, 2022
The film highlights the struggles of three American families — in hopes of generating empathy in troubled political times.
The U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Dec. 4, 2022.
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For African-Americans, a fear of recession

Oct 18, 2018
The Marketplace-Edison Research Poll also found that more blacks worry a recession will affect them than whites do.
A man walks by the New York Stock Exchange.
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What really led to Trump's victory?

Apr 27, 2018
One political science professor says that the "left behind" argument isn't what really drove the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
President Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on Nov. 9, 2016.

What makes gig economy workers anxious?

Mar 8, 2018
New data from the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll suggest nontraditional employees have a lot of financial worries.
A Lyft driver navigates to her passenger in San Francisco. A quarter of American workers now participate in the gig economy, the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll finds.
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African-Americans, women and millennials have more economic anxiety than the rest of the country

Mar 7, 2018
Whether your economic anxiety has increased or decreased in the last year depends on who you are, according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.
Pedestrians walk by a building advertising available retail space on Lexington Avenue on February 8, 2018 in New York. 

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You think Washington has 'forgotten' you — and it doesn't matter what party you're in

Apr 24, 2017
As we approach the president's 100th day in office, Americans tell us they are less anxious about the economy. But, there's still a disconnect, according to our latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.
A person watches the televised inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States while in Times Square on Jan. 20 in New York City.
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Key for Trump voters? Economic anxiety

Nov 11, 2016
White people without college degrees feel the pinch.
President-elect Donald Trump meets supporters during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown. 

Yes, wages are rising faster than in several years. No, that isn’t great.

Nov 4, 2016
The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department said wages are growing at the fastest rate since the economic recovery started seven years. That’s good, certainly. But labor market experts looking at the bigger picture might revise that assessment downward for working Americans to kind of OK.
A woman waits for a job at a temporary employment agency in North Dakota. ProPublica's Emily Corwin discusses the work opportunity tax credit's benefits for temp agencies and the persistent lack of solutions for workers.
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