Working Poor are the largest group experiencing poverty

Posted on October 09, 2012 by Micheál Collins

Working poor chart

One in every seven of the Irish population (15.8%) lives on an income which is less than the official poverty line. Given a population of approximately 4.58 million people this implies that almost 725,000 live at risk of poverty.

In the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts document, indicator 5.3 examines the composition of those living below the poverty line in Ireland. Using the CSO's 2010 Survey of Income and Living Conditions data, when poverty among those aged 16 years and above is decomposed by principle economic status (the main thing that people do), those at work (the working poor) emerge as the largest group of people at risk of poverty. The chart shows the results of this examination and shows that the working poor represent 17.3% of adults in poverty.

Full details in the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts.

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