Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

9/16/2016 - Professor of Economics Ann Huff Stevens at The Truthout.

The nation's poverty rate dropped below 14 percent last year, a modest decline to 13.5 percent from 14.8 percent in 2014 that signaled the need for new ideas and structural changes to reducing poverty rather than any major breakthrough.

The modern approach to fighting poverty is based on getting as many people as possible into the workforce, but too many entry-level and low-wage jobs today don't pay enough to lift a family out of poverty, according to Ann Stevens, director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California at Davis.

Read the full story at The Truthout.