The Decline of the American Middle Class
After more than four decades, the American middle class is no longer the nation’s economic majority. What is the impact on the American identity and how are Americans coping?
Too Rich to Be Poor, Too Poor to Get By
Millions of American families have incomes just above the federal poverty level—making them ineligible for some benefit programs—but they still barely scrape by.
More Stories From This Issue
Outsourced Jobs and Poisoned Water: An American Town Fights for Survival
After years of economic decline, Hoosick Falls seemed ripe for a revival. Then they started testing the water.
Oilfield School: A Path to a Working-Class Future, or an Anchor to the Past?
A new federal program designed to train the next generation of Wyoming oil workers signed up lots of eager students. The question is whether any jobs will await them.
The Many Lives of Pittsburgh’s Saints Peter and Paul Church
Once a church and school for the middle class, Saints Peter and Paul Church reflects the changing landscape of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood.
Deep in the American South, a manufacturing worker lost his battle with the forces of globalization when his job was shipped overseas. Meanwhile, on almost every continent, middle income countries confront a similar trend.