Where We Live: The State Of The American Dream In Mass.

By WGBH News

Nov. 14, 2011

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BOSTON — In a 1980 debate, Ronald Reagan asked a pointed question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Over 30 years later, the question still resonates — especially with an economic downturn that grinds on and on.
An upcoming report from our partner MassINC has some disturbing indicators for the Bay State:

  • 1 in 4 residents are unemployed or underemployed or have given up looking for work.
  • 143,000 jobs were lost in the state in the last decade.
  • 17% of residents think the next generation will be better off.

And yet, many of the people we found still feel that opportunity is within reach. Hear, watch and read their stories this week on WGBH 2, 89.7 Boston Public Radio and wgbh.org as we explore optimism, economic security and the American Dream in our series Where We Live.

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Most residents doubt the future will be brighter for the next generation. (MassINC)


Do you feel confident about achieving your goals? We want to hear from you! Send us your own experiences of the American Dream using this form.


Ronald Reagan in 1980 asking a question many still ponder: Are you better off?

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