The number of unfilled positions/job openings was at a record high in July 2017, continuing a trend that has been in place for many years. The monthly JOLTS report, or Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, shows that for each person who is seeking employment that there is an open job out there.
Heads up…anyone who is seeking help in obtaining toys for their kid(s) during the 2017 Christmas season should be sure to seek out and/or apply for assistance now. Almost every single program launches at some point in September 2017 or right after. Whether it is the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, a free food box, or some other service, applications are accepted now.
While the poverty rate is down to 12.7 percent at the end of 2016 (this is a decrease from 15.1% in 2010) there are still over 40 million Americans that fall into this category. That is tens of millions of people that live under the federal government established poverty levels. This includes millions of senior citizens, children, and vulnerable individuals as well.
The number of Americans that live paycheck to paycheck has increased by about 5% from 2016 to 2017, and it now stands at just under 80% according to career builder. Not only are an increasing number of households living check to check, but about 71% of Americans also have some form of their debt to their name during 2017. Both of these figures bode ill for families or individuals.
Most states open up their 2017 low income home energy bill assistance programs (LIHEAP) in September or October. Applications can normally be processed at this time, though the exact date will depend on the state where you live and the guidelines in place.