What Are the Causes and Effects of Poverty in the United States?

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What are the Causes and Effects of poverty in the United States?
Jose Flores
Blackstone Academy Charter School

Are all Americans grateful for the things they have? What if Americans do not to have the proper basic needs? Many Americans do face this situation and it is called poverty. The top three causes of poverty in United States are lack of education, unemployment and the high cost of health insurance. Americans can overcome the high rate of poverty and alleviate their struggles by maintaining and furthering their education which will lead to higher paying jobs and with good medical benefits. In the state of Rhode Island, 15% of the population is facing the struggle of poverty, based on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. But
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This lack of a high school education, seriously impacts the ability to obtain a good paying job. Based on the bar graph of average annual earnings, without a diploma jobs are limited, and being unemployed leads to poverty causing people to worse have less resources, more stress and a sense of downfall. (Average Annual Earnings for College Graduates and Non-Graduates .) A portion of people in the United States go through the stress of not being able to provided food for their families for what is called “Food Insecurity”. Food Insecurity is when families or individuals have limited or uncertain access to nutritious, safe foods necessary to sustain health; households that experience food insecurity have a reduced quality or may have an irregular food intake. According to Food Security in the United States, “14.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2009” (http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodSecurity/stats_graphs.htm). Out of 307,006,550 million people that are living in the United States, 17.4 million people are facing the stress of being food insecure everyday. The effects of poverty can be very serious to people, especially children. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to be at a disadvantage, for example, not being able to afford what is needed in school in order to pursue

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