A worker in the Canton, Miss., Levi's plant processes a stack of jeans.
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The earliest known photo of Levi-Strauss and Co. workers, taken at the company's original plant in California.
One in four U.S. jobs now qualifies as low income, according to the Census Bureau. Millions of working families are barely scraping by. Most have little or no savings, and a sudden financial emergency can push them over the edge into poverty.
As part of our series on low-wage workers, NPR's Elaine Korry reports on the efforts of one company — Levi-Strauss and Co. — to help workers get out of a sudden crisis — and keep them from getting into a jam in the future.