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Myths and Facts about Low-Income Families

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Myths and Facts about Low-Income
Working Families

Low-income families do not work.  

72% of low-income families work.  

   

Low-income families do not work hard.  

The average annual work effort for low-income working families is 2,552 hours, roughly one            and one-quarter full-time jobs.  

   

Low-income working families are headed by single parents.  

52% of low-income working families are headed by married couples.  

   

Low-income working families are headed by immigrants.  

69% of low-income working families have only American-born parents.  

   

Low-income working families have very young parents.  

89% of low-income working families have a parent between ages 25 and 54.  

   

Low-income working families are overwhelmingly minority.  

43% of low-income working families have white, non-Hispanic parents.  

   

Low-income working families are dependent on public assistance.  

25% of low-income working families receive food stamp assistance.  

 

Statistics from “Still Working Hard, Still Falling Short”

The Working Poor Families Project   www.workingpoorfamilies.org