Wider Opportunities for Women: Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families

September 18, 2013

While the federal government debates budget priorities and workers across the country protest low wages, a new report reveals that the nation’s “economic insecurity rate” is 45%—three times the 2012 poverty rate of 15% announced today by the US Census Bureau. The new report, published by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), defines economic insecurity as the inability to afford basic needs such as decent housing, basic transportation and food, and finds millions of families are insecure even when household breadwinners are working full time.