Poverty in America

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I decided to focus on the poverty in America. I have done a lot of research on this subject and have been very interested in what is being done about the poverty level in this great country we call the United States of America. As it stands to today, as a our nation is getting poorer and poorer. I started and ran a successful housekeeping business. I started this business because I was jobless after being honorably discharged from the United States Marines Corps. As a result of being unemployed, my focus on our nation as whole was in regards to poverty was magnified. Since I was a struggling citizen, I wondered how many more of our countries citizens were considered poor. As my business took off and I needed to hire more people to satisfy the demand my company was incurring, it struck me more vividly that there were a lot of unemployed people in the city in which I lived and conducted business in. As I followed news reports and articles in the newspapers along with televised presidential debates I found that there is plenty of statistical data that illuminates the fact that we as a nation are getting poorer. According to a special report from the United States Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months. This marks the largest increase that we have ever seen since there have been this type of reporting as been conducted which dates back to 1959. Moreover, median household income has also fallen significantly as well. This drop in median household income was recorded by the United States Census Bureau to have dropped 2.3 percent in 2010 and a devastating 6.8 percent since 2007. As in my personal life, I feel that the lack of jobs is one of the main causes of people living in poverty. The unemployment rate is one of the topics that…...

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