Grueling Quest for Survival for Milli...

Grueling Quest for Survival for Millions of People

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Matawan, NJ

#1 Jul 23, 2013
The American Dream Has Turned into a Grueling Quest for Survival for Millions of People

Equal opportunity and upward mobility is a long-lost American Dream.

"Worrying about the future is the hardest part, because at $7.25, I don't have a future," wrote Stephanie Sanders, a McDonald's worker, in an essay for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Like many fast food workers, Sanders is an adult who never thought she would end up in the food service industry. While the unemployment rate in America has remained largely steady in 2013, the underemployment rate has soared, and Sanders, a former saleswoman, has found herself trapped. Her temporary job has become a permanent sentence.

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