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August 30, 2011

The Fraying of Oregon'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. Today, the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply — unemployment is high, earnings are flat, and hard-won benefits are being lost. The future of Oregon’s middle class, the backbone of the state’s economy for more than half a century, is at risk.

Read The Fraying of Oregon's Middle Class (PDF), a report authored by Demos and the Oregon Center for Public Policy.


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