Low-Wage Work

In 2007, one in four workers in the United States earned less than $10 per hour, a wage rate that leaves many of these workers and their families poor or near poor.  Someone working full year, full time to support a family of four, for example, could bring his or her family to just below the federal poverty line with this wage, while a single adult who is not supporting a family would end up at about twice the poverty line. 

MDRC Report, "Strategies to Help Low-Wage Workers Advance, June 2009, http://www.mdrc.org/publications/519/full.pdf

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