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Working-age poor population highest since ’60s

author Published by Chris Chmielenski

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. HOPE YEN — Associated Press

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