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[Excerpt] This report presents data on the relationship between labor force activity and poverty in 2005 for workers and their families.

The specific income thresholds used to determine poverty status differed depending on whether the individuals were living with family members, with nonrelatives, or alone. For those living with family members, the poverty threshold was determined by the family’s total income; for individuals not living in families, personal income was used as the determinant.

The data were collected in the 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. For a more detailed description of the source of the data and an explanation of the concepts and definitions used in this report, see the Technical Note.


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U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2007). A profile of the working poor, 2005 (BLS Report 1001). Washington, D.C.: Author.