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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By: Cheryl Chandler
Having a job or career has always been an issue for alot of people, even if you have a family or not. No one want to be jobless and noone wants to be considered underclass. The working poor/underclass clearly means: people who are economically disadvantaged despite the fact that they are fully employed. The working poor do not have sufficient income to improve their overall lifestyle. To put that in a clearer sense, people that have a job working pay check to pay check and still struggling to make ends meet. People that can't live above there means like they want to. There are alot of different defintions for the term "Underclass". It could be defined as not having the training and skills to obtain a job. And some believe those that are part of the "Underclass" partcipate in deviant behavior, I don't think thats nice at all. So which one of those defintions could be the true defintion for "Underclass". Well can we just use all of those definition and if you fall under some of those caterogies then so be it.
According to the US Census Bureau, in 2008, 19 million people lived in working-poor families. This translates into nearly 9 percent of all American families living below 100 percent of poverty have at least one family member working. When I saw this statistics, I thought that was in 2008 I wonder what is it now. Kids are being brought into this world and some of them have no choice but to be underclass. It crazy how most of the population are under-class and/or living off of welfare and job programs to support their families.
I wonder what do children have to look forward to in the future.
From my own personal experience, people always look at the working poor or underclass and always say what we don't have. Its crazy to me because until this year I didnt know my aunt (who took care of me) was considered underclass. I say that because I got everything I wanted, our house was always clean and neat and furnished with the finest things. I always hasd the best clothes, I went on vacations every summer. I say all of tht because some working poor families still live above there means and it's ok for them. It's sad to see so many people living in conditions were it's not a health environment, mainly the children.
So in closing I found a video about Working poor/Underclass. In this video its stories of homeless people and working poor families.