Economic Numbers Improve, Some Americans Feel 'Left Behind'

Economic Numbers Improve, Some Americans Feel 'Left Behind'

Americans are (1)________________ with the economy although new economic information suggests people are working and pay is higher.
Many people say the (2)______________ has left them behind. They say they plan to (3)________________ when they vote in the presidential election in November.
Denise Alber from Stafford County in the state of Virginia is one of (4)__________________.
She has two (5)________________. She has decided not to work and to help her 98-year-old mother. Together, they receive a (5)______________ of nearly $25,000 a year. That total is just above the (6)____________ for a family of two.
She says the price for food, (7)_______________ have increased, but her family’s income has not gone up.
"It's been very, very difficult (8)______________ that same standard of living, we have not maintained it.”
Alber believes that the middle class is not (9) ______________.
Economic numbers show improvement
New government data show that family incomes (10)______________ five percent in 2015. That is the largest increase since 2007.
That increase is (11)______________ that the U.S. recovery continues.
However, economists say (12)_______________ nearly two percent below levels in 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.
Maya MacGuineas is (13)________________ of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. She understands why many Americans (14)_______________________ the recovery has left them behind. She said Americans once took a job and the salary grew until (15)___________.
“I don't think it feels like that anymore.”
Economists say it is that (16)________________ that is driving much of the anger during this election season. Some (17)______________ is caused by a feeling that middle class incomes have remained the same while wealthy families have prospered.
Elise Gould is (18)______________ at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She says the difference between the highest and lowest earners has increased since (19)_______________.
“The top five percent is still the only group that has completely returned back to their 2000 levels. So they’ve made up lost ground. There’s (20)__________________ across the income distribution.”
Some economists (21)_________________ the lack of an economic recovery for all on political disagreements in Washington.
That is one of the reasons Denise Alper says the next election is so important. But, she is not hopeful that the leading candidates will be able to (22)__________________.
"In terms of the economy or politics, I'm very (23)_______________ in that regard. I don't think either candidate will help the middle class."
I’m Jonathan Evans.
Mil Arcega at VOA News wrote this story. Jim Dresbach adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.
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Words in This Story

frustratev. to cause someone to feel angry, discouraged or upset because of not being able to do something
Great Recessionn. a sharp decline in economic activity during the late 2000s
betrayaln. to hurt someone by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong
prosperv. to become very successful usually by making a lot of money
recessionn. a period of time in which there is a decrease in economic activity and many people do not have jobs
despondentadj. very sad and without hope

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