Wages are so low that one must work at least two jobs but with housing prices being so high, it makes find a place to live extremely hard. Washington and California have some of the highest minimum wage standards but even that is not a livable wage. We as a society have simplified a solution because many of us do not understand the complex issues that these circumstances
Due to the extremely low wages, lack of food to support families, and the unequal distribution of wealth, it is clear that there is poverty in America. The first and most common cause of poverty within an average american household is the low wages. There is an increasing number of adults who have low paying jobs, and with the increase in divorces, many people have to support their families alone. Most of the population is actually two times below the poverty line according to their yearly income. According to the New York Times, “[h]alf the jobs in the nation pay less than $34,000 a year...
Many youth are unemployed because they have just come from high school and they do not have enough work experience to get a job. Adults are more likely to be unemployed because of physical and mental health challenges. Adults also tend to be unemployed because of cyclical, structural and frictional unemployment. Unemployment also goes into hand with homelessness and panhandling, because there is not enough jobs people are ending up homeless and looking for other ways to get money. Why are youth more likely to be unemployed than adults, and is unemployment among youth becoming a social problem?
“Of all the humiliations attached to being poor in a prosperous nation, not being able to feed your kids is at the top of the list.” Many parents are ashamed of getting assistance from the government because it is seen almost as a disgrace. Anna also suggests that many do not sign up for government assistance because, “The average length of a food stamp application is twelve often impenetrable pages; a permit to sell weapons is just two.” Such a long process just to get food for your family may seem like a very daunting task that many parents may not have time for.
In America today it is hard for certain families to make a living and to keep a job. College is very expensive and not many people can afford to go to college. And when it comes to finding a job that pays enough to support a family and gives you the hours you want so that you can still spend time with your family is nearly impossible. Family time is very important to sustain a healthy, strong relationship with all the members of your family.
The article mentioned that one quarter of jobs in America pay below the federal poverty line for a family of four. With families denied steady well-paying work, parents will have to work unreasonably long hours and also contribute to the breakdown of caring relationships in society. In the article the cited justifications for temp work being so low paid and devoid of basic protections and benefits was due to the fact it was “women’s work” and just extra spending money for housewives. In today’s economy, a similar argument exists against raising minimum wage: that the majority of minimum wage workers are younger adults who live with
Poverty is universal but does vary within countries, even neighborhoods. According to society poverty is hunger, lack of shelter, not having the ability to see a doctor when necessary and limited education. In third world countries, it is very common for parents to conceive a high number of children as a source of labor. Not only do these kids frequently receive slight or no education, but large families in these countries are the main contributor to global overpopulation. These children are not privileged with the same basic opportunities given to an American child.
The American Dream has been rooted in the culture of the United States for several centuries now. However, many people do not have access to this dream because of lack of opportunities. As the amount of people in poverty increases each year, the magnitude of the effects of poverty dramatically increases. A shocking 15% of people live in poverty in the United States (Poverty Rates). That means around 45 million people in this country lack basic necessities and economic security.
There is many people that go to college, but because of the cost they don't get through college. The elevated costs of college cause not only students to struggle paying for college, but also to struggle financially paying for college when they are done. In many cases, after graduating, young adults who don’t find a job will become poorer, increasing the gap between the rich and the
Because of the little money the farmers were making many were forced to leave and find work elsewhere. One-fourth of the people who lived in the Dust Bowl left the region. Many of them had skills beyond farming, and when they didn’t find work they suffered extreme poverty.(UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters. Ed. Amy Hackney Blackwell and Elizabeth Manor.)(p223-225).
Unstable markets cause fluctuations in food product prices, which affect the majority of the population, because they live in poverty. Poverty stricken families and neighborhoods simply cannot afford most food, and when food product prices are unstable, it is almost impossible for them to get the nutrition they need to survive. “Over one billion people in the world live under one dollar a day.” (Felling 57) Given this number, it is impossible for those one billion people to afford the nutrition they need daily, let alone when the food prices fluctuate.
Most people are told if they do not go to college and get an higher education they will have a hard life as a working adult. Because if people do not go to college and
Growing Up In Poverty Poverty, or the state of not having enough money to fulfill the basic necessities in life, is a long lasting issue in United States and throughout the world. Because children are dependent on others, they enter or avoid poverty by virtue of their family’s economic circumstances. Children cannot alter family conditions by themselves, at least until they approach adulthood. Data released in September 2011 by the Census Bureau indicate that 16.4 million children in the United States, 22.0 percent of all children, lived in poverty in 2010. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
The U.S. population is growing older as the individuals from the baby boom enters old age and retirement. As a result, the labor force will increasingly depend upon immigrants and their children to replace current workers and fill new jobs. Food deserts can defined as parts of the country where fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy whole foods, are hard to come by, usually found in poverty-stricken areas. This is because of a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. This has become a big problem because while food deserts are often short on whole food providers, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, instead, they have numerous local small mini-marts that provide a lot of processed, sugary, and fatty foods