US has more poor, more lacking health coverage

27Aug04



“The number of Americans living in poverty or without health insurance grew last year, a government survey showed, adding potential dynamite to the battle for the White House.

The ranks of the financially stricken in the world’s most powerful economy climbed 1.3 million to 35.9 million people in 2003, pushing up the poverty rate to 12.5 percent from 12.1 percent, the Census Bureau said. It is the third year in a row that it has increased.

It is the highest poverty rate since 1998, when 12.7 percent of Americans lived in poverty.

The poverty threshold is 18,810 dollars annually for a family of four or 9,393 dollars for a single person.” click to keep reading.

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“The transformation to a low-wage economy was symbolized by the fate of General Motors’ assembly plant, located in Norwood. The factory had long been a source of employment for workers migrating from the depressed coal mining regions of Kentucky and West Virginia. It had a history of wildcat strikes and was known as one of the most militant plants in the state. In the late 1980s GM shut the plant, eliminating 4,700 jobs. The site where the plant once stood is now a shopping mall, employing scores of low-paid retail workers. Norwood now has the lowest average income in Hamilton County, just $28,738.”

“Child poverty is high in the working class suburbs of Lockland, Mt. Healthy and Norwood, a mostly white suburb, where one of every three students is poor.”

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