Educational Administration, Department of

 

Date of this Version

2016

Citation

Published in Human Resource Development Review 2016, Vol. 15(1) 55-76. DOI: 10.1177/1534484316630459

Comments

Copyright © Richard J. Torraco. Published by SAGE Publications. Used by permission.

Abstract

This article explores the persistence of working poor families in the United States— families that live on the threshold of poverty despite at least one family member working full-time. The persistence of poverty in the United States has been exacerbated by recent changes in the job market that have altered the composition and availability of jobs due to technological unemployment, the polarization of jobs, declining job quality, and stagnation in job growth. The relationships between the persistence of working poor families and these changes in the job market are examined. The article concludes with a review of human resource development (HRD) research on poverty and the working poor, and a discussion of the implications of the persistence of working poor families for HRD research and practice.