1 Relevant Statistics about Poverty in the United States According to the Census Bureau of the United States, the poverty rate in 2017 was 12.3%. The corresponding income Gini Index was 0.482 ( Sharma, Sharma, & Barkataki, 2018) . In 2012, the poverty rate in the U.S was 15%, which represented twice as many people that lived in poverty in the United States in the 1970s ( Sharma, Sharma, & Barkataki, 2018 ). More precise statistics reveal that in 2017, approximately 13 of the U.S population lived in poverty. This equals to approximately 40 million people. However, this is an improvement in the number of people living in poverty, as the number was higher by 0.4 % in the previous year. An important note is that income disparities across races, and different age groups are vividly noticeable in the statistics by the Bureau of Census. For instance, 25% of the Hispanic population, 27% of American Indians, 11% of Asians in the country live in poverty ( Blank, 2017 ). Poverty is also reflected in the U.S demographics so that people at different age groups have different levels of vulnerability to poverty. For instance, 30% of adults are approximated not to be working despite having the necessary credentials and willingness to work ( Blank, 2017) . Single parents also have high vulnerability to joblessness and poverty, which may be due to their inability to multitask.
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