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Poverty in the Land of Plenty

                                    

Table 4.1: Poverty Status of Families & Persons in the US by Race [1] (Selected Years)


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Year

 

 

 

No

(m)

 

 

 

Median Income $ 1988

Below Poverty level

Persons Below Poverty Level

Total

Female HOH

No (m)

Rate

No (m)

Rate

No (m)

Rate

All RACES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970

52.2

30.084

5.3

10.1

2.0

32.5

25.4

12.6

1975

56.2

30.166

5.5

9.7

2.4

32.5

25.9

12.3

19791

59.6

31.917

5.5

9.2

2.6

30.4

26.1

11.7

19832

62.0

29.307

7.6

12.3

3.6

36.0

35.3

15.2

1988

65.8

32.191

6.9

10.4

3.6

33.5

31.9

13.1

WHITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970

46.5

31.209

3.7

8.0

1.1

25.0

17.5

9.9

1975

49.9

31.374

3.8

7.7

1.4

25.9

17.8

9.7

19791

52.2

33.305

3.6

6.9

1.4

22.3

17.2

9.0

19832

53.9

30.688

5.2

9.7

1.9

28.3

24.0

12.1

1988

56.5

33.915

4.5

7.9

1.9

26.5

20.8

10.1

BLACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970

4.9

19.144

1.5

29.5

0.8

54.3

7.5

33.5

1975

5.6

19.304

1.5

27.1

1.0

50.1

7.5

31.3

19791

6.2

18.860

1.7

27.8

1.2

49.4

8.1

31.0

19832

6.7

17.295

2.2

32.3

1.5

53.7

9.9

35.7

1988

7.4

19.329

2.1

28.2

1.6

49.0

9.4

31.6

Notes: 1 Based on 1980 census population controls: comparable with succeeding years

2 Bases on revised methodology: comparable with succeeding years

Table 3.3: US Unemployment Rates (percentages)

(Selected Years, 1950-90)

Years

Civilian

Workforce

Males

Females

Black1

White

1950

5.3

5.1

5.7

9.0

4.9

1952

3.0

2.8

3.6

5.4

2.8

1954

5.5

5.3

6.0

9.9

5.0

1956

4.1

3.8

4.8

8.3

3.6

1958

6.8

6.8

6.8

12.6

6.1

1960

5.5

5.4

5.9

10.2

5.0

1962

5.5

5.2

6.2

10.9

4.9

1964

5.2

4.6

6.2

9.6

4.6

1966

3.8

3.2

4.8

7.3

3.4

1968

3.6

2.9

4.8

6.7

3.2

1970

4.9

4.4

5.9

8.2

4.5

1972

5.6

5.0

6.6

10.4

5.1

1974

5.6

4.9

6.7

10.5

5.0

1976

7.7

7.1

8.6

14.0

7.0

1978

6.1

5.3

7.2

12.8

5.2

1980

7.1

6.9

7.4

14.3

6.3

1982

9.7

9.9

9.4

18.9

8.6

1984

7.5

7.4

7.6

15.9

6.5

1986

7.0

6.9

7.1

14.5

6.0

1988

5.5

5.5

5.6

11.7

4.7

1990

5.5

5.6

5.4

11.3

4.7

Notes: 1 Figures for blacks refer to blacks & other ethnic groups up until 1970

Table 5.1: Unemployment, Long-term Unemployment within Community

(1975-85)

 

1975

1985

 

 

Unemployed

%

 

Long-term

%

Unem-ployed

%

Long-term

%

Belgium

3.2

29.7

11.3

68.2

Denmark

6.8

9.4

7.8

32.0

W. Germany

2.9

11.8

6.9

46.9

France

3.3

16.3

10.3

34.8

Ireland

9.6

19.1

18.0

62.2

Italy

3.3

33.8

9.2

63.6

L’bourg

0.6

-

3.0

36.8

N’lands

3.2

18.6

10.5

56.4

UK

4.6

14.8

11.5

48.7

EUR 9

3.7

18.4

9.6

48.5

Notes: The unemployment percentages are standardized rates taken from Labor Force Surveys. The long-term unemployment percentages represent the proportion of all the unemployed out of work for one year or more.

 

Source: Contemporary Economic Challenges and Islam, Khurshid Ahmed. Republished with permission.