million people in America, including 12.1
million children, live below the federal
threshold for Poverty.
to the U.S. Census Bureau, poverty rate
rose to 12.1% in 2002 from 11.7% in 2001,
adding 1.7 million to the ranks of the
poor. The number of poor grew to 34.6
million people last year, including 12.1
million children live in households where
people have to skip meals or eat less
to make ends meet. That means one
in ten households in the U.S. are living
with hunger or are at risk of hunger.
are 3.5 million homeless people in
the United States
33% of homeless men are veterans, although
veterans comprise only 23% of general
adult population. The National Coalition
for Homeless Veterans estimates that on
any given night, 299,321 veterans are
average age of a homeless person is 9
years old. The majority of homeless adults
percent of all U.S. jobs created since
1979 pay less than $7,000 a year.
28.6% of all full-time, year-round workers
are earning poverty level wages or less.
1989 and 1999, 75% of the American workforce
saw its real income drop.
44 million people in the U.S. are totally
uninsured, and an additional 40 million
are uninsured during some part of every
year. Another 80 million are only
partially covered. Most people who don't
have healthcare insurance have full time
people die in the United States each year
because they lack medical care.
major problem for low-income and elderly
people is the cost of prescription drugs.
But while Lipitor, the leading drug to
treat high cholesterol costs consumers
$272.37 for 100 tablets, the cost of the
general active ingredients for those 100
pills is $5.80. That makes the percent
has become more concentrated in recent
years than at any time since the Great
Depression. The richest 1 percent of Americans
have an average net worth of $5.5 million.
The bottom 5 percent average $2000. Microsoft's
Bill Gates has assets worth more than
44 percent of American families' assets
combined. The richest 1% of the population
in the United States owns 47.2% of the
wealth, the next richest 9% owns 35.8%,
and the bottom 90% owns 17.1% of the wealth.
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