The New Face of Poverty in America

In the 1960s, the American government launched its war on poverty. By the 1970s children made up the largest group of Americans living in poverty conditions.

Over the past three years, the face of poverty has changed and children are no longer the majority. Working class people ages 18-64 now account for 60% of those still considered to be living in poverty. This is the highest poverty rate for this age group in 50 years.

Nearly 44 million Americans or 14.3% of the nation’s population are poor and living in poverty. According to census figures that are soon to be released, 8.8 million families are living in poverty and 60% of them have at least one family member who is working.

The change in poverty demographics is tied directly to the job market. Millions of Americas are still out of work and looking for jobs. Many of those that have found jobs are making considerably less than they use to

Every one of us knows of someone, family, friend, former or current co-worker that have lost jobs and are either still unemployed or working and making less than they use to. My wife and I have both gone through this ourselves and it’s only through the grace of God that we have avoided bankruptcy and becoming another poverty statistic.

Sadly, a number of people have little to no faith in getting any real relief from the government. They believe that both Democrats and Republicans want their own job creation programs to make the difference and neither wants to consider what the other has to offer. Washington politicians are continually sending billions of dollars to other nations supposedly to help them fight poverty and disease, but can’t seem to figure out what to do for our own people.

While the two parties bicker and play politics, today’s economy will continue to take its toll and steadily add more and more Americans to the unfortunate statistical category of poverty.