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The sad economic state of the United States

Today, nearly one out of every three families in the United States is considered to be “low income”. Following are some of the key findings for 2009 (with 2010 continuing the decline):
* There were more than 10 million low-income working families in the United States, an increase of nearly a quarter million from the previous year.
* Forty-five million people, including 22 million children, lived in low-income working families, an increase of 1.7 million people from 2008.
* More than half of the U.S. labor force (55 percent) has “suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary “part-time workers” since the recession began in December 2007.
* In 2009, total wages, median wages, and average wages all declined in the United States.
* Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs. In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs. Meanwhile, our population is getting larger.
* As 2007 began, only 26 million Americans were on food stamps, but now 42 million Americans are on food stamps and that number keeps rising every single month.
* Since 2001, over 42,000 U.S. factories have closed down for good.
* The number of Americans working part-time jobs “for economic reasons” is now the highest it has been in at least five decades.
* One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.
* According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.
* Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.

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One Response to “The sad economic state of the United States”

  1. […] We drive up the deficits to wage war while we have more than 30 million people unemployed, some 40 million people living in poverty and tens of millions more in a category euphemistically called “near […]


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