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Working full time fails families

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Snapshot for February 10, 1999


Working full time fails families

 

Since 1979 wages have eroded to the point that even someone working full time and year-round may not earn enough to lift a family of four out of poverty. From 1979 to 1997, the share of all workers earning such low wages has risen to 28.6%.

Certain groups are more likely to receive low wages than others. Women are more likely to receive poverty-level wages than are men, and blacks and Hispanic workers are more likely to receive them than are whites.

Source: EPI, “Prosperity Gap.”

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