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Working-age America is the new face of poverty.

Counting adults 18-64 who were laid off in the recent recession as well as single twenty-somethings still looking for jobs, the new working-age poor represent nearly 3 out of 5 poor people — a switch from the early 1970s when children made up the main impoverished group.

While much of the shift in poverty is due to demographic changes — Americans are having fewer children than before — the now-weakened economy and limited government safety net for workers are heightening the effect.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44413750/ns/business-us_business/

By HOPE YEN -- Associated Press

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Updated: Thu, Sep 8th 2011 @ 7:10pm EDT