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The US poverty rate remains high. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen.

March 14, 2019 18:25
source: Xinhua Net

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[The US poverty rate remains high and the gap between the rich and the poor continues to expand] The State Department’s Press Office published the "2018 US Human Rights Record" on the 14th. According to the US Census, there are about 42 million poor people in the United States in 2017, accounting for the total population. 13.4%. More than 5 million Americans who work full-time throughout the year earn less than the poverty line. (Xinhua)

According to the "2018 US Human Rights Record" published by the State Council Information Office on the 14th, the US Census data show that there were about 42 million poor people in the United States in 2017, accounting for 13.4% of the total population. More than 5 million Americans who work full-time throughout the year earn less than the poverty line.

The human rights record quoted the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued in May 2018, stating that the United States has become the most divided Western country. In 2016, 1% of the richest people had a national wealth of 38.6%, while the total wealth and income levels of the general public have declined overall over the past 25 years; one quarter of full-time workers and three-quarters of part-time workers Without paid sick leave, 44% of adults are unable to pay or need to sell property and borrow money to pay for emergency medical care.

The human rights record quoted a signed article published by US Senator Bernie Sanders on the USA Today website in July 2018, stating that 43% of American families are unable to make ends meet and can only pay for housing, food, child care, medical care, transportation. And communication costs. The American City Institute survey found that nearly 40% of young adults said that income is difficult to meet food, health care, housing andUtilitiesAnd other basic needs.

Human rights records quoted data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that more than 500,000 Americans do not have a permanent home. Many homeless people are in urgent need of medical assistance and suffering from mental illness.

The human rights record quoted a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018. Since 2014, the number of deaths caused by drug abuse in the United States has increased by 16% annually, and in 2017, it exceeded 70,000. Suicide is the tenth cause of death in the United States. Since 1999, the suicide rate in the United States has increased by 33%, and the number of suicides in 2017 exceeded 47,000.

(Article Source:Xinhua Net)

                (Editor: DF134)

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