Thursday, December 15, 2011

US: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

"Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too `rich' to qualify," said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty.

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1 comment:

  1. This is an intentional lie. To see real poverty, go to Africa.

    There are problems with the American education system. Many American kids are failing. But to claim that half of Americans are poor is a lie.