Gray Area – The gray area is the range of families making a wage slightly above the poverty line, but that are still not up to a “living wage”. This ranges from about $20,000 to $41,000 and oftentimes families in this range will miss rent payments, not have adequate health care, run out of food, or have utilities shut off. The gray area includes 30+ million kids, approximately 40% of American children. These people can’t get assistance but also can’t afford many necessities. Labor force participation rate is the percent of people working vs not working. Unemployment rate is the number of people applying for unemployment services. The difference is that people applying for unemployment services are generally single mothers who are able to receive funding to stay home and raise children. If you remove this percent from the labor force participation rate you can find the total percent of people who are not working, not including those unable to due to family needs.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course INDV 102 taught by Professor Polakowski during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.