Biden’s Rescue Plan Is a Start. Now Think Big.

By Nir Kaissar and Timothy L. O’Brien


And that may understate the economic hardship facing Americans. A recent study published by the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonpartisan research group that advocates for low-income people, found that about one in 10 workers were underemployed in 2016, double the number the BLS reported at the time. The jobs tended to be in education, retail, travel, food and entertainment — the areas hardest hit by the pandemic. The number of underemployed workers is almost certainly higher today, which may explain why an alarming number of Americans, upward of 50 million by one estimate, face food insecurity.

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