In doing the research for this day, we found a ton of information, we’ve tried to keep it focused on
- In 2006, 36.5 million people had incomes below the federal poverty level, making the official poverty rate 12.3 percent. (Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), US Census Bureau).
- 63% of
families below the federal poverty line have one or more workers, according to the Census Bureau (Source: Michelle Conlin and Aaron Bernstein. “Working…and Poor”, Business Week, May 31, 2004). U.S.
- 3.5 million full-time workers earned less than poverty-level wages. (Source: Thomas Z. Freedman. “How to Really Help Low-Wage Workers, The
Post, February 2, 2007). Washington
- More than 28 million people, about a quarter of the workforce between the ages of 18 and 64, earn less than $9.04 an hour, which translates into a full-time salary of $18,800 a year (Source: Michelle Conlin and Aaron Bernstein. “Working…and Poor”, Business Week, May 31, 2004).
- One out of three households reported using credit cards to cover basic living expenses – including rent, mortgage payments, groceries, utilities and insurance. (Source: The Plastic Safety Net: The Reality Behind Debt in
, Demos and the Center for Responsible Lending, October 2005) America
- Generation Xers (individuals born between 1961 and 1981) are on track to be the first generation in American history with a lower standard of living than their parents’.
- As many as one-third of working Americans don’t earn enough to meet their basic economic needs.