GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The employment gap between America's rich and poor is the widest on record. Rates of unemployment for the lowest income families have topped 21 percent.
A study of U.S. government data shows that households with more than $150,000 a year have an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent meaning most have full employment. However, middle income workers are taking lower wage jobs displacing lower skilled or income workers. People that have jobs say it isn't always easy to make ends meet.
Emily Gaimari of Greenfield told 22News, "I'm really grateful I do a lot of babysitting and I work at Mace of Verde and I know a lot of people who don't have a lot of money and it's really hard right now."
Gail Faille of Greenfield told 22News, "I'm retired but I still have this crossing guard job for the Town of Greenfield and it just helps me to buy groceries and stuff because I'm on social security and stuff so it helps me to have money for food and every other thing."
Ms. Faille has been working that job for about forty years and says it’s something to keep afloat and happy.