More Americans Work in the Underground Economy

As benefits expire, the long-term jobless work under the table
Photograph by Jed Share

When Kevin Kalmes received a foreclosure notice on her home after being unemployed for more than two years, she says she started selling the contents of her basement. “Then I just kept the basement sale open, forever, without getting permits,” says Kalmes, 61, who lives in Chicago. She started selling items on behalf of family, friends, and neighbors in what she dubbed the “Little Shop of Hoarders.”

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