18 Important Poverty Indicators to Follow

18 Important Poverty Indicators to Follow

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  1. Unemployment (118, 119, 121); wage rates and employment trends by industry (123)
  2. Food banks (118, 122)
  3. Food stamps (118)
  4. Income gap (121, 124)
  5. Homeless shelters (118)
  6. Value of housing in the community (119)
  7. Crime rate (119)
  8. Amount of mortgage money going into a particular community (119)
  9. Drop out rates (121)
  10. Pawn shops (122)
  11. The rate at which people are moving out of their homes (122)
  12. The extent to which poor people are unable to get healthcare services. (124)
  13. Annual retail sales figures (126)
  14. Annual housing starts (126)
  15. Growth in the trade deficit (126)
  16. Fuel prices (126)
  17. Credit card debt (126)
  18. Statistics may tell the story but pictures would be much better. Pictures of soup kitchens, homeless people sleeping in the parks, and the unemployment benefits line would remove any doubt left by the statistics. (127)