Friday, April 12, 2013

The Working Poor by Occupation

Among the 147 million workers in the labor force for 27 or more weeks in 2011, 10 million (7.0 percent) did not earn enough to rise above the poverty level. They are the working poor, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of workers who are working poor varies greatly by occupation...

Farming: 17.2%
Service: 13.1%
Construction: 10.6%
Transportation: 8.7%
Sales: 8.4%
Production: 8.0%
Office: 5.5%
Managerial: 2.2%
Professional: 2.2%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, A Profile of the Working Poor, 2011 (PDF)

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