Unemployment rate is over 20% for poorest U.S. households

The unemployment rate for families earning less than $20,000 is more than 21% but only 3.2% for households earning more than $150,000 a year, according to an analysis of federal data. When factoring in the underemployed or those who have stopped search for work, the “underutilized” rate for households earning less than $20,000 is about 40%.

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