Maggie Barcellano prepares dinner in January 2014 at her father's house in Austin, Texas. Barcellano, who lives with her father, enrolled in the food stamps program while she works as a home health aide and raises her 3-year-old daughter. A study suggests that social safety nets, including food stamps, helped cushion income losses for middle- and working-class Americans during the recession. Tamir Kalifa/AP hide caption

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A construction worker clears wood from a platform that spans the Penn Station railroad tracks in New York City on Nov. 18. Construction jobs rose by 20,000 according to the November jobs report. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Most of the rise in the suicide rate in North America and Europe during the economic downturn of 2007 to 2009 occurred among men middle-aged and older. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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