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There are two different versions of the federal poverty measure: the poverty guidelines and the poverty thresholds. The thresholds are statistical: they make it possible to calculate how many people are in poverty. The guidelines are administrative: they make it possible to determine an individual’s financial eligibility for certain programs and provisions. They both change annually.
Some people suspect that the actual poverty rate is much higher than the official rate.
The number of poor people living in the suburbs grew 53% between 2000 and 2010.
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These savings statistics tie into the fact that one in four jobs in the U.S. is considered low wage.
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