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Mean Hours & Poverty

Mean hours worked and poverty rates are comparable to pre-Great Recession levels

Poverty rates and the average number of hours worked returned to 2008 levels in 2019. Average hours worked and poverty rate are negatively correlated, meaning that typically when mean hours worked is lower the poverty rate is higher.

  • In 2019, 12% of the population was in poverty in the last 12 months.
  • In 2019, the mean number of hours worked for workers was 37 hours a week.