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Poverty

It has been estimated that in 2001, 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day. It is a crime against humanity that in this age of wealth and technological ability the industrialized nations of the world have not come to the aid of people who are suffering.

 

UNITED STATES FACTS

 

-The official U.S. poverty rate in 2007 was 12.5 percent

 

-In 2007, 37.3 million people were in poverty (12.6%), up from 36.5 million in 2006.

 

-Poverty rates in 2007 were statistically unchanged for non-Hispanic Whites (8.2 percent), Blacks (24.5 percent), and Asians (10.2 percent) from 2006. The poverty rate increased for Hispanics (21.5 percent in 2007, up from 20.6 percent in 2006).


-The poverty rate in 2007 was lower than in 1959, the first year for which poverty estimates are available, while statistically higher than the most recent trough in 2000 (11.3 percent).

-The poverty rate increased for children under 18 years old (18.0 percent in 2007, up from 17.4 percent in 2006), while it remained statistically unchanged for people 18 to 64 years old (10.9 percent) and people 65 and over (9.7 percent).

The data presented here are from the Current Population Survey (CPS), 2008 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), the source of official poverty estimates. The CPS ASEC is a sample survey of approximately 100,000 household nationwide. These data reflect conditions in calendar year 2007.


-12.9 million (17.8%) children under the age of 18 were in poverty

-20.5 million (11.3%) of people aged 18-64 were in poverty

-3.6 million (10.1%) seniors 65 and older were in poverty, an increase from 3.5 million in 20041

Carmen DeNavas-Walt, B. Proctor, C. Lee. U.S. Census Bureau. Income, Poverty, and Heath Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005)


 

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