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In Plain Sight: Poverty in America is a special editorial initiative of NBC News focused on covering poverty and inequality in the United States.
Charging state sales tax on groceries harms the poor, local economies and the state, according to a new report on Kansas' highest-in-the-nation levy.
The income gap is widening in many major U.S. cities as poor households are left behind by the recovery from the Great Recession, a new study finds.
Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, a controversial new Federal Reserve research paper argues.
The report, released Tuesday from the child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation, showed only some signs of slight improvement.
A movement for a $15 minimum wage that even some supporters considered a pipe dream is gaining momentum.
A federal judge in Alabama issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against Lear Corp. after the Labor Department accused the company of illegally harassing its workers.
A worker who was fired and slapped with a restraining order after leading a protest march is in court to demand she be allowed to continue her fight.
Alyssa Colton says she's underpaid as an adjunct professor of English, despite having a Ph.D. and 20 years' experience.
Outside many U.S. cities, long commutes can mean even lower income for poor Americans.
When Fr. Richard Aguilar was growing up, as a working class kid in San Antonio, the church was his leg up. Now, fewer low-income kids go to church.
From marriage to cell phones, take a look at our evolving status symbols and their cost.
Jenny Egan and her wife thought they'd start their family in New York. But it wasn't long before the cost of living pushed them out…to Baltimore, where the cost of living is low and they say their quality of life is higher
The widening wealth gap has been unable to shake many Americans' belief that they are solidly middle class, an NBC/WSJ Poll has found.
NBC News' In Plain Sight project on poverty and inequality developed an interactive quiz to find out how Americans feel about class now.
Is the American Dream still within reach? A group of U.S. Hispanics speaks frankly about where they see themselves on the income ladder.
Income inequality among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders - a diverse grouping of more than 48 ethnic groups - is vast
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. Increasingly in America, though, the middle step is missing.
"Who Do You Think You Are?" is an interactive quiz created by NBC News as part of In Plain Sight, a special editorial initiative focused on class in the U.S.
Milwaukee School Principal Tonya Adair is like millions of Americans who lost houses in the recession. She talks about what it means to be middle class without a home.
Millions of Americans are finding that the job paths they assumed would lead them to middle-class lives no longer promise economic stability.
One of just a few poor or black students at a wealthy prep school, Andre Robert Lee returns to his childhood school to dig deep into inequality and race.
What is the reality of being "middle class" in America? Take our quiz to find out and explore what your class says about your politics.
Divorce can mean a loss of work hours, more time (and expense) devoted to childcare and a cold slap in the face for finding a job.
Workplace injuries are driving low income Americans deeper into poverty, and casting middle class workers into economic dire straits.