Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Myths And Facts About Low-Income Working Families

Myth: Low-income families do not work.
Fact: Seventy-one percent of low-income families work.

Myth: Low-income working families do not work hard.
Fact: The average annual work effort for low-income working families is 2,500 hours, equal to 1.2 full-time jobs.

Myth: Low-income working families are headed by single parents.
Fact: Fifty-one percent of low-income working families are headed by a married couple.

Myth: Low income-working families are headed by immigrants.
Fact: Seventy-two percent of low-income working families have American-born parents only.

Myth: Low-income working families have very young parents.
Fact: Eighty-eight percent of low-income working families have a parent between 25 and 54 years old.

Myth: Low-income working families are overwhelmingly minority.
Fact: Forty-seven percent of low-income working families have white, non-Hispanic parents only; 28 percent have an Hispanic parent, and 20 percent have an Africa-American parent.

Fact: 9.2 million working families in America are low-income.

Fact: Twenty million children live in low-income families.

Fact: The percentage of American families in poverty has not changed in three decades.

Fact: The percentage of working families that are low-income varies significantly among the states, from 15 percent in two states to more than 35 percent in seven states.

Fact: Twenty percent of American jobs pay less than $8.84 an hour, a poverty-level wage for a family of four.

Fact: A full-time job at the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour cannot keep a family of three out of poverty.

Source: American Community Survey 2002
U.S. Census Bureau


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