Poverty in the US: living standards expressions

Please choose the most appropriate answer for each sentence.
  • 1

    Poverty is a relative measure that depends on prices, the standard of living, and the ..... that others earn.

  • 2

    Poverty is a major problem in America, and one that is extremely difficult to ......

  • 3

    Families and individuals are defined as living in ..... if their incomes fall below certain levels.

  • 4

    Poverty in the United States is more ..... than most people realize.

  • 5

    One reason for the continued high poverty numbers is the growing gap in the ..... of income.

  • 6

    Weekly ..... tend to be lower for people employed in service industries.

  • 7

    During the 1990s, salaries for highly skilled employees ....., while wages for those who are less skilled remained about the same.

  • 8

    The decline of unions means that lower skilled workers have to work ..... for less pay.

  • 9

    The shift from two-parent families to single-parent families and other non-family arrangements tends to ..... average family income.

  • 10

    According to recent ....., nearly 35 million Americans live in poverty.

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