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This passage is written at the ILR 3 / ALTA 9 level. It is an informational article from a news website. While the information is factual, several opinions are expressed in quotes in the text.
About half of Californians working in the gig economy are struggling with poverty and a majority of the residents say the American Dream is harder to achieve in their state than elsewhere in the United States, according to a survey.
Nearly one in 10 adult residents of California currently work in the gig economy, according to the survey, released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). But despite the state’s reputation as being a tech innovator and economic engine for the nation, nearly half of those working in the gig economy are barely making ends meet, it said.
The survey found nearly one-third of all Californians and 47 percent of workers in the state are struggling with poverty, while 53 percent are not. California ranks as the fifth-largest economy in the world, but its high cost of housing in many parts of the state mean more than one in five children live in poverty.
“It is striking that nearly one-third of Californians are finding that the promise of the American Dream — that if you work hard, you’ll get ahead — is not coming true for them,” Robert Jones, CEO of PRRI, said.
“Grasping the magnitude of this problem and understanding the real-life struggles and hardships that impact these more vulnerable workers is critical for California policymakers, businesses, and non-profits who want to work to create a healthier, more robust employment environment in the state,” Jones said.
Roughly two-thirds of Californians say they would advise young people in their area to relocate to find more opportunities in a different community. The survey also found young Californians are less likely to believe a college education is a good investment for the future when compared with seniors.
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