Working-poor rate

Working-poor rate
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Working-poor rate6%6%5%5%6%6%6%7%6%6%6%6%5%5%5%5%5%5%6%5%5%5%6%7%7%7%7%7%6%6%5%5%
Working-poor rate

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Rate calculated based on workers who have been employed for 27 or more weeks and who are 16 years or older.

Poverty statistics presented in this report are based on definitions developed by the Social Security Administration in 1964 and revised by federal interagency committees in 1969 and 1981. These definitions originally were based on the Department of Agriculture’s Economy Food Plan and reflected the different consumption requirements of families on the basis of factors such as family size and the number of children under 18 years of age. The actual poverty thresholds vary with the makeup of the family. In 2017, the weighted average poverty threshold for a family of four was $25,094; for a family of nine or more people, the threshold was $50,681; and for one person (unrelated individual), it was $12,488. Poverty thresholds are updated each year to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Thresholds do not vary geographically. For more information, see “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017,” https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-263.pdf.