60%

of American households said in 2014 they'd had a financial shock in the previous year

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Question: Respondents were asked: "In the past 12 months, please tell us if any of the following happened to your household:"
Response Options: A person in the household brought in less income than expected due to unemployment, a pay cut, or reduced hours; Someone in the household suffered an illness or injury requiring a trip to the hospital; Someone in the household divorced, separated, or was widowed from a spouse or partner; A car, truck, or SUV needed a major repair or replacement; The place you live or appliances needed major repair or replacement; or If your household had some other large, unexpected expense in the past year, please describe it.
Additional Information: A financial shock would be a job loss, major illness, divorce, death, or unexpected home or vehicle repair.

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