April 5, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

"Working poor" rate 7.2 percent in 2010

Poverty status of persons in the labor force for 27 weeks or more, 2007–2010
Characteristic 2007 2008 2009 2010

Total persons

146,567,000 147,838,000 147,902,000 146,859,000

In poverty

7,521,000 8,883,000 10,391,000 10,512,000

Working-poor rate (in percent)

5.1 6.0 7.0 7.2

These data are featured in the TED article, "Working poor" rate 7.2 percent in 2010.


Working-poor rate, by sex, work experience, and educational attainment, 2010
Characteristic Working-poor rate (1)

Total, people in the labor force for 27 or more weeks, 16 years and older








Work experience


Usual full-time workers


Usual part-time workers


Did not work during the year


Educational attainment


Bachelor's degree and higher


Some college or associate's degree


High school graduates, no college


Less than high school


(1) Number below the poverty level as a percent of the total in the labor force for 27 or more weeks.

These data are featured in the TED article, "Working poor" rate 7.2 percent in 2010.




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