Eliminating poverty in the Portland area
How can poverty be eliminated? Poverty can be defined quantitatively, as a certain income level. Then, behaviorally or observationally, poverty can manifest in multiple ways. It can manifest as homelessness (Portland is #1!), carlessness (potentially, although this can also be a choice in a city that values low-car life), hunger and food insecurity, and/or a lack of health care.
Unemployment is a major cause of poverty. Portland has traditionally had a higher unemployment rate than other metropolitan areas. As of April 2013, Greater Portland has the same unemployment rate as the national average, 7.1%.
- Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas, Bureau of Labor Services