February 16, 2012 FAQ
February 16, 2012
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 14%.
The poverty rates by work experience for that age group ranged from 3% to 33%.
Another way to think about the relationship between poverty and employment status is to look at how the distribution of people in poverty by their employment status compares to that of the population as a whole.
By that measure, in 2012 those who did not work comprise a far greater share of the population in poverty than their share of the general population; while those who worked, whether full- or part-time, are underrepresented.
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