Thousands poured out in for the Historic Thousands of Jones Street rally with the theme "Forward Together, Not One Step Back."
Head Start is threatened by huge budget cuts.
"Anyone who wants to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits to finance tax giveaways for the rich must have a heart two sizes too small."
Nearly 1.4 million American households live on that much per person.
Federal budget cuts will devastate social programs, "plunge communities into ruin and destruction, and cost lives."
AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka was not surprised by the findings, which back up the federation's emphasis on the drastic impact the recession - known as the Bush Crash - has had on workers and families.
On Sept. 2, the 21st annual Labor Day Parade took place in Paterson, New Jersey, a former factory town that has been, for decades, plagued with crime, poverty, and substance abuse.
Even worse than that, 37 percent say they sometimes need to rely on the next payday to make ends meet.
A state Assembly committee has put together a comprehensive picture of the challenges faced by these young people.