Working poor on the rise
The "working poor" are those who spent at least 27 weeks in the workforce, working or looking for work, but whose incomes still fell below the official poverty level. The Investigative Reporting Workshop examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to look at trends among the working poor, going back to 1987. Over that span, the number of people in the workforce since then grew by almost one-third, but those working and living in poverty grew by more than 65 percent.
A Profile of the working poor, 2009
This report is part of an annual series compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, examining the characteristics of working ...