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Poverty Statistics from the Social Justice Resource Center

From the World Bank:


"Of the Earth's 7.5 billion people, 49% (3.7 billion) live on less than $5.50 a day."


From United Nations Human Development Report:


"The top 1% of the world's richest people have as much wealth as 57% of the poorest people in the world."


From United Nations Human Development Report:


"The 3 richest persons have more assets than the combined Gross National Product (GNP) of the 48 poorest nations or 25% of the world."


From World Bank:


"The world spends almost as much on toys and games ($90 billion) as the poorest 20% of the world's people earn in a year."


From Euro Monitor:


"The world spends 4 times as much on alcohol as on international development aid."


From Institute for Policy Studies:


"Of the 100 largest economic entities in the world, 51 are corporations, 49 are countries."


From Center of Budget Policy & Priorities:


"The official poverty rate in America is 12% - about 39 million people - more than the population of Canada."


From US Conference of Catholic Bishops:


"In the U.S., approximately 1% of the federal budget of $4.4 trillion is allocated for foreign aid."


From National Center for Children in Poverty:


"21% of children in America live in poverty."


From Economist Intelligence Unit:


"Of the 45 wealthiest nations of the world, the U.S. ranks 22nd in quality of childcare, 16th in affordability and 31st in availability."


From Bureau of Labor Statistics:


"The median annual wage for childcare workers in the U.S. is: $19,600 (less than the federal poverty level for a family of 3)."


From the U.S. Department of Labor:


"The U.S. is the only wealthy country in the world that does not guarantee workers any paid vacations, paid holidays, paid sick leave or paid maternity leave by federal law."


From The Washington Post:


In 1965, CEO pay was 20 times higher than the average worker. Today it is 361 times."



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