Don Bauder 1:30 p.m., April 24
San Diegans remain mired in low incomes, poverty
A full 28.4% of individuals earn less than the minimum it takes to exist in county
The Center on Policy Initiatives, working with 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data just released, says that the top-earning 20% of households raked in half of all income in the county, as inflation-adjusted income declined. Almost 30% (28.4%) of persons working full-time, all year, earned less than $30,000, which is the amount necessary for living self-sufficiently in the county.
Some 123,000 full-time or part-time employees fell below the $11,945 poverty line for individuals. The poverty rate at 15% is much higher than the pre-recession 11.1%. Groups hit the hardest by poverty are African Americans, Latinos, and the cities of El Cajon, San Marcos and Escondido.
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