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Power shut-offs present unique challenges to low-income Californians

by Ben Bradford Oct 10, 2019
Power shutoffs aren’t wildfires or earthquakes, but for some they can be a kind of disaster.
A sign calling for PG&E to turn the power back on is seen on the side of the road during a statewide blackout in Calistoga, California, on October, 10, 2019.
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The wealth gap widens

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Sep 26, 2019
A lot of it comes down to taxation, the stock market and the country's demographic makeup.
Income inequality is rising even though the economy is in its longest period of growth.
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New census data shows inequality continues to grow in the U.S.

by Erika Beras Sep 26, 2019
Top earners took a bigger slice of the income pie, while everyone else's slices shrank.
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Workplace Culture

Why labor unions keep shrinking

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 22, 2019
It's not just the shift away from a manufacturing economy.
Labor union members protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget cuts in 2011.
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Is a struggling California town a victim of its own charm?

by Scott Cohin Nov 23, 2018
An entity that buys land in Pescadero, California to preserve it as open space also effectively takes the land off the tax rolls
Pescadero, California, population around 1,700, is a popular tourist destination for wealthy Silicon Valley tech executives.
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Anxiety Index®

African-Americans, women and millennials have more economic anxiety than the rest of the country

by Sarah Menendez 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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The experience of getting older will be very different for today’s young people

by Dan Gorenstein Oct 19, 2017
A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report said that as younger generations are getting older, their experience of aging is dramatically different to those who came before. One big difference — growing inequality between the affluent and less well…

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What does solar energy mean to you?

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Jun 19, 2017
Do you have solar panels at home? Do your neighbors?
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'State of Black America' report warns progress is fragile

by David Brancaccio May 2, 2017
The National Urban League finds African-Americans are still well behind white Americans when it comes to equality.
Job seekers wait in line at Kennedy-King College to attend a job fair in Chicago, Illinois. 
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These blue-collar workers are getting priced out of the cities that need them

by Jana Kasperkevic Apr 13, 2017
Even doctors can't afford San Francisco.
In many U.S. cities, houses are too expensive for teachers and first responders.
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