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Staying poor in America

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Snapshot for January 10, 2001.

Staying poor in America
The poor in the United States are less likely than the poor in other countries to leave poverty from one year to the next. On average, about 28.6% of the poor in the United States escape poverty each year. The share of the poor leaving poverty in the other countries ranges from 29.1% in the United Kingdom to 43.7% in the Netherlands. The poor in the United States are also more likely than the poor in other countries to fall back into poverty once they make it out.

Average annual exit rate from poverty
Average annual exit rate from poverty

From The State of Working America 2000-01, Chapter 7, “International Comparisons.”

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