The reasons might not me new, but the increase in numbers is cause for alarm. Lingering cash and debt management challenges continue to weigh on employee confidence and overall financial wellness, according to PwC U.S.'s 2011 Financial Wellness Survey. Almost half (49%) of working American adults find it difficult to meet their household expenses on time (up from 43% in 2010).
Additionally, nearly one-quarter of employees surveyed report using credit cards to buy monthly necessities because they couldn't afford them otherwise, up nine percentage points from 2010. Fully half of survey respondents consistently carry balances on credit cards (in line with 51% in 2010), and 42% of respondents find it difficult to make minimum credit card payments on time (up from 28% in 2010).
Given these cash and debt management challenges, the authors write, it's no surprise that 61% of survey respondents say they find dealing with their financial situation stressful and 56% say their stress level has increased over the past 12 months. Meeting day-to-day expenses is now more of a concern than funding retirement.