Almost a third of American families are low-income, with racial and ethnic minorities far more likely to be poor, according to a new report. Activists advise more education, training, health and child care to close the gap.
US Census bureau data for 2013 shows that 10.6 million out of 32.6 million US working families have incomes under 200 percent of the official poverty level, according to the new report by the Working Poor Families Project (WPFP). Black, Latino and Native American working families make up 58 percent of these working poor, although their share of the overall workforce is 40 percent.
“With more than 10 million working families in the United States not making enough money to cover basic household expenses, states can and should take action,” the report urged.