In 2011, 48.5 million Americans, or 15.9 percent of the US population, lived below the poverty line, according to a US Census report published yesterday. By the Census Bureau’s definition, a family of four lives in “poverty” if their collective income is less than $23,000 per year. Total poor in the US increased between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, total US poor equaled 15.3 percent of the US population, or 46.2 million people.
California’s poverty rate increased between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, 15.8 of Californians lived below the poverty line. By the end of 2011, California’s poor increased by 336,000, to 16.6 percent of the state’s population. And that percentage is likely to increase, given the state’s continued poor economic growth prospects.
We should remember that a job doesn’t guarantee economic success. Many poor work, but don’t have the skills or opportunities for a job that could pay them more. The next Mayor needs to fight for the unemployed and employed, to guarantee a living wage for all workers. Join my efforts to lead that fight as a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles
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