FAQ

What are poverty rates among working adults?

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The Census Bureau reports poverty rates by work experience for people ages 18 to 64.  In 2012, the overall poverty rate for people ages 18 to 64 was 13.7%

 

The poverty rates by work experience for that age group were:

  • 2.9% for full-time, year-round workers
  • 7.3% for all workers
  • 16.6% for those who worked less than full-time year-round
  • 33.1% for those who did not work at least 1 week

Those who worked were 40% of the poor ages 18 to 64; they accounted for 75% of the overall population in that age group.  Those who did not work at least one week accounted for 60% of the poor ages 18 to 64; that group was 25% of the overall population in that age group.

Those who worked full-time, year-round were 11% of the poor ages 18 to 64; they represented 51% of the overall population in that age group.  Those who worked less than full-time, year-round were 29% of the poor ages 18 to 64; they represented 24% of the overall population in that age group.

Source: DeNavas-Walt, Carmen, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Reports P60-245, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012. Table 3: People and Families in Poverty by Selected Characteristics: 2011 and 2012 (PDF) Accessed 9/20/2013

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