Americans fear a life of ‘dead-end crap jobs with crap wages’

by Heather Long at CNN.com

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Jo-Ann was a child prodigy who went to college at age 14. She graduated and landed a coveted job at Citigroup.

Soon she was flying around the world leading meetings. Then she jumped to a management role at a financial printer. She was middle class, maybe even on her way to the upper middle class … until the tech bubble burst. And September 11th hit.

The U.S. fell into a recession and companies cut back. In 2002, Jo-Ann was forced to train the Indian workers that would replace her.

After she was laid off, she struggled to find a good paying job. She melted down her savings and 401k. She got into the trap of working “dead-end crap jobs with crap wages,” including a stint at Walmart.

Her life went from American Dream to Bust. Today she’s in her mid-40s and makes $11 an hour processing payments at a financial firm despite being college educated.

Her story is exactly what so many Americans fear — that they are one step away from financial ruin. It’s why they are drawn to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election.

Related: Why Americans are so angry in 2016

The anger is boiling over

“The anger is boiling over. Enough of the American people have got it through their heads that the American Dream is dead for us,” says Jo-Ann, who lives in Pennsylvania. She requested that her last name be withheld for this article so it wouldn’t impact her ongoing search for a better job.

The economy is the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds even though America is growing, unemployment is incredibly low (4.9%) and gas is cheap.

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