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History of Poverty

Poverty in the 1960s Who were the poor in the 960s, and how did they come to

be impoverished? A factory closure, illness, lack of transporta-

tion, lack of childcare, and other non-behavioral explanations

led to poverty. Almost two-thirds of the non-elderly poor

worked in the 960s. Of those who did not work (30%), nearly

one-third were ill or disabled. Women, children and those

seeking education made up the majority of the rest of the

non-working poor. All told, less than 3% of the potential labor

pool could have freely chosen not to work.