Prime-Age Adults without Children or Disabilities

Brief

Prime-Age Adults without Children or Disabilities

The 'Least Deserving of the Poor' - or Are They?

Abstract

There are nearly 5 million able-bodied adults age 25 to 49 without dependents in America with incomes at or near poverty. More than half lack health insurance, and almost none receive government assistance. New data show this group to be trying as hard as anyone to get ahead, through both work (almost 80 percent hold jobs, 60 percent full time) and training (20 percent each year), yet failing. Non-custodial fathers - a quarter of the men in the group-work even harder but remain equally strapped, even without considering child support payments.

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