United States

Income gap, meet the longevity gap

by Annie Lowrey New York Times April 15, 2014

Fairfax County, Va., and McDowell County, W.Va., are separated by 350 miles, about a half-day’s drive. Traveling west from Fairfax County, the gated communities and bland architecture of military contractors give way to exurbs, then to farmland and eventually to McDowell’s coal mines and the for...

Paying employees to stay, not to go: Boloco and Shake Shack offer above average pay

by Steven Greenhouse and Stephanie Strom New York Times July 4, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Ben Nawn, a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, says his friends who work at McDonald’s are envious of what he earns working for the Boloco burrito restaurant here....

The relationship between single mothers and poverty is not as simple as it seems

by Emily Badger Washington Post April 10, 2014

It's clear in America that family structure and poverty are intertwined: Nearly a third of households headed by single women live below the poverty line. And just six percent of families led by married couples are in the official ranks of the poor. Poverty, meanwhile, touches an astounding 45 percen...

Veronica Maz was involved in the creation of the organizations So Others Might Eat, House of Ruth andMartha’s Table in the District. (Fred Sweets/The Washington Post)

Veronica Maz, helped start 3 DC social service agencies, dies at 89

by Adam Bernstein Washington Post July 1, 2014

On a wintry day in 1970, Georgetown University professor Veronica Maz took two of her sociology students to Washington’s skid row to see poverty close up. They talked to a few of the homeless people who were roasting chicken claws over fire barrels....

What kept food security from improving after the recession?

by Alisha Coleman-Jensen Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture July 1, 2014

Alisha Coleman-Jensen Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture USDA’s annual survey on food security among American households showed, not unexpectedly, that the prevalence of food insecurity increased during the 2007-09 recession. In the post-recession period, t...

Student Paul Vaughn, 22, poses for a portrait on the campus of George Mason University on Thursday in Fairfax. Vaughn has struggled with living expenses, including food costs. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

More college students battle hunger as education and living costs rise

by Tara Bahrampour Washington Post April 9, 2014

When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying his own food would make life easier...

Can America learn to love misshapen veggies? An ex-Trader Joe’s exec’s plan to reduce food waste and feed the hungry

by Elizabeth Segran The Atlantic July 1, 2014

America’s growing income inequality has dominated the national conversation in recent months, accompanied by an avalanche of data: economists tell us the richest 1 percent of American households earn 20 percent of all income and own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. But how do these figures tra...

The recovery puzzle: A new factory in Ohio struggles to match jobs to job-seekers

by Monica Hesse Washington Post April 5, 2014

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Hiring rises, but number of jobless stays high

by Nelson D. Schwartz New York Times April 4, 2014

Employers are hiring at a more aggressive pace again after a winter cold snap, but the pace of job gains is only slowly making up for years of lost ground in the labor market....