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Characteristics of Poverty in Minnesota.

Ahlburg, Dennis A.

Poverty increased in Minnesota as it did across the nation during the 1980s. Poverty rates among nonwhites are from three to five times those of white Minnesotans and the differences increased for African Americans and American Indians over the 1980s. The keys to avoiding poverty are clear--work and attributes that increase the chances of employment and higher earnings--but employment alone is not enough. Nearly half of Minnesota's poor are working. Women are more likely to be poor than men, and the poorest among them are single mothers. It would take about seven-tenths of one percent of state income to move all Minnesotans out of poverty, a figure significantly lower than it was a decade earlier.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
28 (3): 7-11.
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Reporter 28 (3)