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Paying the Bills Gets Harder in Key Battleground US States

  • Share of financial stress reaches fresh record in Census poll
  • Nevada, Georgia, Arizona are above the national average
Close up of hopeless woman open her empty wallet and found only one dollar bill.
Photographer: Boy_Anupong/Moment RF/Bloomberg

The share of US families struggling to pay everyday bills rose to a fresh record this month, underscoring the toll of inflation on budgets with only two weeks to go until the midterm elections.

Almost 41% of households said it has been somewhat or very difficult to cover usual household expenses in the latest US Census Bureau household survey, the highest since the question was first asked in August 2020.