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  Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
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Problems Facing the Working Poor
Marlene Kim
Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Figure 3: Percent in Working Poverty by Industry

Figure 3: Percent in Working Poverty by Industry
Industry Below Poverty Below 150% of Poverty


16% 28.5%


4.9% 12%


7.5% 15.5%


3.5% 8%

mfg-non durable

5.2% 12.5%

transportation, communication

4.8% 8%


4.7% 7.7%

retail trade

12.8% 23%

pub. admin.

2% 5.1%

finance, insurance

5.2% 2.2%

business service

8% 17%
Personal Service 15% 27.0%


8.5% 16.5%
Professional Business 5% 10%

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