Rate of working poor rises in 2001
June 25, 2003
The percent of persons in the labor force for 27 weeks or more who were classified as working poor rose from 4.7 percent in 2000 to 4.9 percent in 2001. This was the first year-to-year increase since 1993 and reflected the impact of the recession that began in March 2001.
The poverty rate of those working 27 weeks or more during the year rose from 6.3 percent in 1992 to a series high of 6.7 percent in 1993. Then this poverty rate declined steadily for seven years, reaching 4.7 percent in 2000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Rate of working poor rises in 2001 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/jun/wk4/art03.htm (visited May 24, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.