The Other America: 27% of US workers fall below poverty line

Submitted by Anon on 22 October, 2004 - 12:06

More than a quarter of all working families in the United States, including 20 million children, are considered low-income or poor, an independent report has found.

Citing 2002 Census data, the report found that 9.2 million families with at least one working adult and one child under 18 — or 27.4% of such families — fall into the government’s measure of low income. This means they earn less than the federal poverty threshold, or less than $36,784 in 2002.

Of those 9.2 million families, 2.5 million are officially living in poverty, earning less than $18,392 for a family of four. The median US income was $62,732 in 2002.

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