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Poverty is defined as having a standard of living below the minimum needed for the maintenance of adequate diet health and shelter With this definition the answer to ending poverty might seem easy Just create enough jobs so that people are over the poverty line If we lived in a simple world that might work but there are many circumstances that will prove that the theory of just creating jobs will not work Barclay in his article talks about how he can not keep employees because of the fact they do not have good work ethics the ability to handle life stresses or the want to stay clean He states that he can train them to do a job but can not make them show up for work be there on time or to be clean With this example just the creation of jobs will not work Also if we look at if the world as if it had enough jobs and the employees showed up on time would this eliminate poverty If a person is making minimum wage working 40 hours a week they will only make 210 a week before taxes are taken out This works out to be just under 11000 a year These numbers are under the minimum requirement for a family of three Now if the family was made up of two adults theoretically both adults could work bringing their standard of living level up above the poverty line but if you look at the statistics most families in poverty are of single parents therefore there is only one working adult Also with two adults working the cost of child care is very expensive and it would be more cost efficient for one of the parents to stay home With the two examples I just presented we can see that the simple creation of jobs will not eliminate poverty However I do feel there are steps to
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