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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 10:27 PM
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Poverty soars among young families in US

Poverty soars among young families in US
By Naomi Spencer
22 September 2011


Government data indicate that more than one in three young families with children were living in poverty in the US in 2010, the highest rate ever recorded. At the same time that families are financially strained, assistance programs for the poor have been cut and eligibility rules tightened.

A new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University found that 37.3 percent of households headed by a parent under age 30 were impoverished last year.

Poverty among these young households has surged by 12 percent over the past decade, surpassing the previous peak of 36 percent in 1993 and far eclipsing the 14 percent recorded in 1967, when the government began tracking family poverty figures. Since 2007, poverty across all age groups has leapt upward, to include 46.2 million people. (See, America: The land of poverty)

Official measures of poverty grossly understate its scope and depth. Many advocacy groups have pointed out that 200 percent of the official poverty thresholdwhich would be $44,000 for a family of fouris a more realistic measure of the bare minimum costs of raising a family. Across all age groups, the number of people earning less than twice the poverty line stood at 103 million in 2010, about one in three Americans.

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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:46 AM
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1. there was an ad tonight from a young mother with children on CL begging
for help. She'd tried the 2-1-1 number all day and it was just an automated message. In the meantime her kids were starving. They have just moved here looking for work and ran out of money. It's the kids that suffer the most. It's beyond sad.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:56 AM
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