Laura Levina, a mom of three from Chippewa Falls said she feels her life has become one unending, out-of-balance math equation.

“I work hard. I try really hard to support my family,” Levine told the media outlet. “But costs keep rising, and my income can’t keep up.”

Statistics and studies show that Levine isn’t the only Wisconsinite trying to make ends meet.

Investors have done well amid a bullish stock market, many middle- and-lower class wage earners, some of whom have no market investments or 401k retirement plans, often have not, Up North News reported.

In addition to worrying about their finances, some people might have to worry about their health as well.

Sheri Johnson, director of the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, said studies show people making little income typically have worse health than those with more money, in part because they lack access to such health indicators as quality food and health care.

“The relationship between employment, income and health is well-established,” she said.

Read more about the economic impact on health in Wisconsin.