EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — July 13, 2016

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Who is Poor in America?

 

In June 2016, The Hamilton Project of The Brookings Institution released a report on poverty in the United States. This analysis focused on the 14.8 percent of the population (46.7 million) that are in considered in poverty.

As illustrated in the graphic below, one-in-three people in poverty are children, or over 16 million youth in the country. An additional 40 percent of people outside of children are not in the workforce, leaving only one quarter of poor people working. Of those 40 percent, 10 percent are disabled, 10 percent senior citizens, 8 percent caregivers, 7 percent students, 3 percent in early retirement, and 3 percent considered not in the labor force.

SOURCE: The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. (http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2016/06/17-who-is-poor-in-the-united-states-schanzenbach-bauer-nunn.)