Pennsylvania's Middle Class

The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middleclass life in return for hard work are in short supply—unemployment is up, earnings are stagnant or falling, and hard-won benefits are being lost. The future of Pennsylvania’s middle class, the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy for more than half a century, is at risk.

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