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Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face Fees

Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise […]

Pregnant Workers Need Safeguards, Lawmakers Tell Court

Pregnant Workers Need Safeguards, Lawmakers Tell Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court last week to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Democratic lawmakers — 99 from the […]

Study: Latinos and Asian-Americans Oppose Deportations

Study: Latinos and Asian-Americans Oppose Deportations

WASHINGTON (AP) — With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds. Two polls released Thursday by the Pew Research Center expose a potential conflict for two […]

Middle Class Eroding With Rich-Poor Gap in Employment

Middle Class Eroding With Rich-Poor Gap in Employment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families — those earning less than $20,000 — […]

In U.S., 80% of Adults Face ‘Near-Poverty’ and ‘Insecurity’

In U.S., 80% of Adults Face ‘Near-Poverty’ and ‘Insecurity’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and […]

US Census: Record Numbers of Families and Children Still Stuck in Poverty

US Census: Record Numbers of Families and Children Still Stuck in Poverty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America’s poor remained stuck at record high levels, although unemployment benefits and modest job gains helped stave off what experts had predicted would be the fourth rise in a row in the poverty rate. With joblessness persistently high, the gap between rich and poor increased in the last year, […]

New Asian Immigrants to US Now Surpass Latino Immigrants

New Asian Immigrants to US Now Surpass Latino Immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Latinos, reflecting a slowdown in immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers. An expansive study by the Pew Research Center details what it describes as “the rise of Asian-Americans,” a highly diverse and […]