Working-Class Poverty Research

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Poverty is widespread issue that is prominent in mainly third world countries, but many are naive to the fact that poverty occurs right in our country’s backyard as well. Although the United States in the recent years has been the leading developed countries for opportunity and freedom, however even with our technological advances and knowledge poverty still continues to be an issue in some neighborhood in the United States. According to the National Poverty Center, in 2010 it was documented that 15.1% of our country was living under the petrifying conditions of poverty. Not only do these conditions drastically effect the nation’s economy, but they also have a massive impact on the health of each individual citizen. Over the course of…show more content…
Shaefer, H. L., & Edin, K. (2013) examined the rise of extreme poverty in the United States from the years of 1996 to 2011, through surveys conducted by the government and those conducted by the researchers. The partnership also carefully review the effectiveness of government programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition…show more content…
S., & Finnigan, R. focused their research on working class poverty. Poverty research in the United States has been focused on the jobless demographic. But most ignore the working class poverty, which was the missing piece in the research that was conducted. This research studied all 50 states including the District of Columbia, the participants included in the study were all households that were led by a working age adult. The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) was used to provide detailed income data sets for each state. The results from the LIS were then compared to the level of unionization of each state. This resulted in a negative correlation between unionization and working class poverty level. As unionization went up, working class poverty went down by a factor of -.39. High levels of working class poverty were found in mainly the southern states. In contrast, states like Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii had low rates of working class poverty due to their low population. Low unionization could not account for Mississippi and Texas having 1/5 of their population in working class poverty. New Hampshire and Wyoming did not follow this trend closely. Up until now research on poverty has been focused on the unemployed rate in each state. As a result, this skewed focus has stimulated the stigma that the poor are lazy and do not work. When in fact, government policies play a major role in the level of poverty in the state and the nation as a whole.
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