For Jobs, It’s War
Published: September 16, 2011
The American political discussion has finally turned to the right target: jobs.
To understand just how overdue it is, one need look no further than the absolutely dreadful data issued this week by the Census Bureau about the increasing numbers of people falling into poverty. No matter how you slice it, it’s bloody.
There are now 46.2 million poor Americans.
Of those, 2.6 million fell into poverty last year.
At 15.1 percent, the poverty rate is at its highest since 1993.
And it’s not that most of these people don’t have jobs. It’s that they don’t have good jobs that pay enough to push them out of poverty. Three out of four of those below the poverty line work: half have full-time jobs, a quarter work part time. Only a quarter do not work at all.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
- Percentage of Americans Living in Poverty Rises to Highest Level Since 1993 – NYTimes.com (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Percentage of Americans Living in Poverty Rises to Highest Level Since 1993 – NYTimes.com (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Understanding The Poverty Surge (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Brandon Roberts: New Poverty Rate Only Tells Half the Story: Twice the Number of Americans Struggling to Get By (huffingtonpost.com)
- More Americans living in Poverty (peavyblack.com)
- Understanding The Poverty Surge (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Accurate Poverty Measures Elusive (online.wsj.com)
- Almost 1 in 6 Americans living below poverty line (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Why are we so angry: part two (kiaspridenprose.wordpress.com)
- Economic Decline Brings Rising Poverty Rates and Growing Income Inequality (blogcritics.org)