Low Income America

Low Income America

Zenobia Bechtol, 18, and her seven-month-old baby girl Cassandra, live in the dining room of her mother's apartment in Austin, Texas, Friday, Dec. 14, 2011, after Bechtol and her boyfriend were evicted from their apartment after he lost his job. Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans _ 1 in 2 _ have now fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low-income. The latest census data paint a bleak picture of a shrinking middle class amid persistently high unemployment and a fraying government safety net. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)

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December 14, 2011 08:33:07 AM
December 15, 2011 02:48:08 PM
Erich Schlegel
FR 62355 AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
3046 x 2133 1 MB
Zenobia Bechtol, Cassandra Bechtol
Austin, TEXAS, United States
WX203
FRE
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