Table: Poverty-Level Wages: How Widespread?

Share of employees earning $8.19* an hour or less in 1999

MEN 21% WOMEN 34 WHITES 26 BLACKS 34 HISPANICS 45 15-24-YEAR-OLDS 65 25-44-YEAR-OLDS 23 45-64-YEAR-OLDS 19

* The wage a full-time worker needs to earn $17,029 a year, the 1999 poverty level for a family of four

Data: Census Bureau, BusinessWeek

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