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Working 60 Hours A Week At 3 Part-Time Jobs And Still Living Paycheck To Paycheck

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

What can you do when you are working 60 hours a week at three part-time jobs and it is still not enough? In America today, many people have taken on more than one job in a desperate attempt to make ends meet, but they still come up short at the end of the month. And those that are actually working are the fortunate ones, because in one out of every five families in the United States nobody has a job. There are more than 100 million working age Americans that are currently not employed (yes this is true), and as I pointed out yesterday, job cut announcements by major firms are currently running 24 percent ahead of last year’s pace. But unemployment is just part of the overall problem. There is this growing misconception out there that if you “have a job” that you must be doing okay. Unfortunately for the growing number of “working poor” in America, that is not true at all.

Just consider the case of 55-year-old Erlinda Delacruz. At one time she had a good full-time manufacturing job, but then her factory closed down. Millions of other Americans have also seen their good paying jobs sent out of the country in recent years, and yet our politicians refuse to do anything about it. Today, she works 60 hours a week at three different part-time jobs and she still makes less than she once did at the manufacturing plant…

For 15 years, Erlinda Delacruz had a full-time manufacturing job in rural Winters, Texas.

It gave her health benefits and four weeks of paid vacation along with a salary that supported a good life. Then the rug was pulled from under her in 2009, when the plant closed. Since then, it’s been a battle of survival as Delacruz worked a string of part-time jobs. Last summer, she even lost her home to foreclosure.

Delacruz, 55, still works part-time. Except at three different places — Monday through Wednesday she works eight hours a day at a senior citizens center serving meals, and Thursday through Sunday Delacruz divides her time between two other jobs as a cashier at Walmart (WMT) and the Wes-T-Go convenience store.

She told CNN that she lives paycheck to paycheck”, and just like half the country, she is basically flat broke at this point.

Barack Obama promised to be the hero of the working class when he was elected, but it seems like almost everything that he has done has hurt the working class even more.

Take Obamacare for example. Health insurance premiums have soared through the roof since Obamacare was implemented, and many struggling families now find that they can no longer afford health insurance at all.

And many of those that have signed up for Obamacare are often discovering that many doctors and hospitals won’t even accept their coverage.  The following comes from the New York Times

AMY MOSES and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: “We don’t take Obamacare,” the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president’s signature health legislation.

“Anyone who is on these plans knows it’s a two-tiered system,” said Ms. Moses, describing the emotional sting of those words to a successful entrepreneur.

“Anytime one of us needs a doctor,” she continued, “we send out an alert: ‘Does anyone have anyone on an exchange plan that does mammography or colonoscopy? Who takes our insurance?’ It’s really a problem.”

Unfortunately, things are not going to be getting any better for the working class because we have now entered the early stages of the next major economic downturn.

Earlier today, I received an email from someone that works for a very large company that provides produce for some of the biggest grocery chains in America.  According to him, there has been a dramatic decline in orders coming in recently, and this is something that didn’t even happen during the depths of the last major recession.

So why in the world would that be happening if the economy was in good shape?


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9 comments to Working 60 Hours A Week At 3 Part-Time Jobs And Still Living Paycheck To Paycheck

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    My 2 Cents / Observations.

    We all know there is talk & rumblings of “revolution”, but we also know that the sheeple are TOO timid & too ignorant to rise up and overthrow criminals-in-charge.

    I hate to say this, but the ONLY group in “Uhmerikka” who has the temperment, energy, anger and TRACK RECORD of being capable of revolution & active protesting, is the Black community.

    It’s easy to come to that conclusion because the blacks are always ready to go into “protest, wild, burning & looting mode” for just about anything that they perceive as a problem (or a “looting & burning opportunity”.

    Sports team win a big contest, pennant, trophy, etc? Burn something-Loot something.

    Some black person gets themselves killed as they were doing something really stupid, evil or dangerous to somebody else? Burn something-Loot something.

    Some black person gets convicted or white Cop is found innocent? Burn something-Loot something.

    Big Hurricane or other disaster destroys the city or town? Burn something-Loot something.

    Some black “Leader” gets on the roof of a car and shouts: “Burn this M.F. city DOWN.”
    …and the black mob, is happy to do it. (Ferguson, Mo.) Burn something-Loot something.

    So, as things fall apart, the black segment of America, may actually do enough burning & looting (when their EBT’s don’t work), that it might actually help to trigger a REAL revolution for the right reasons.

    The white sheeple seem TO mild, and the Black Sheep seem TOO much like rabid wolves.

    I wonder if all those FEMA camps were made, just large enough, to hold 13% of America’s population (PLUS 14 million illegal “immigrants”)???

  • C.i.

    What An Awesome Comment!


  • Hal

    Yea cuz burning and looting is what we need

  • Silver Shield

    I view this poverty,underemployment,never retiring boomers, mother’s basement X’ers et all as a symptom of individuals never knowing themselves.

    Indoctrinated into the collective unconsciousness, individuals only do what they are told and wonder why they are never happy.

    Know thyself is by far one of the greatest pieces of advice ever to be spoken.

    Too many people live lives of quiet desperation and never singing the song inside of them.

    If you are stuck in this perpetual, generational, unconscious rut ONLY you can get YOU out.

    Concerning this “Collective Revolution” you cannot ever solve a problem with the same consciousness that created the problem therefore…

    There are only individual conscious solutions to collective unconscious problems.

    Everything else is a WASTE of life.

    • Eric


      SS nails it again! The biggest reason things are so bad is that nobody knows who they are! They don’t know who their enemy is. And they don’t understand this war.

      They still only think they are their body, race, religion, job, etc.

      Work on yourself! You can’t fix everything else but you can fix yourself.

    • Eric

      “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
      -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  • rich

    May’s market letter by Doug Pollitt of Pollitt & Co. in Toronto reflects on the growing respectability of devaluing the U.S. dollar and debt by the upward revaluation of gold.
    Devaluation of the dollar against gold in 1934 was, Pollitt writes, the most successful provision of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

    Pollitt’s letter is headlined “Pimco Goes Full Goldbug” and he has kindly given GATA permission to share it with you in PDF format here:

    read it….

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