September 13 // Study: 38 percent of working Marylanders and nearly half of Baltimoreans cannot afford basic household necessities

A United Way study of the working poor released Wednesday shows that 38 percent of Maryland families — and nearly half of those in Baltimore — cannot afford basic necessities, such as housing, transportation, food and child care. The nonprofit’s analysis shows that a family of four in Maryland needs $69,672 to support a “survival budget.” Half of all jobs pay less than $20 per hour, according to the analysis, with an increase in “gig” and contractual jobs contributing to less financial stability. (Balt. Sun)

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