Poverty

More than half of the world’s worst-paid jobs vanished in the last generation.

The ILO’s estimates over time find the count of very poor workers down from 811 million in the early 1990s, to 491 million in 2007, to 375 million in 2013. The child labor estimates don’t go as far back, but are also down: 245 million in 2000 to 215 million in 2008, and the 168 million for 2012. Admitting uncertainties in measurement and daily fluctuations, this suggests that each day 32,000 boys and girls exit child labor, and 53,000 workers move out of very low-income life.

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Poverty

Honduras’ murder rate is 15 times the world average, and 20 times the U.S. rate.

Writing in the Congressional newspaper “Roll Call,” New Democrat Coalition member Rep. Joe Garcia of Miamia and ProgressiveEconomy co-founder/GlobalWorks Foundation Chairman Claude Fontheim look at the humanitarian crisis posed by the flight of Central American children to the southern border. The two call for a “comprehensive economic development and security program for Central America,” aimed at economic development, capacity-building, and poverty reduction.

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Poverty

Hazardous child labor fell by two-thirds between 2000 and 2012.

The children born in 2000, now finishing 5th grade, are much less likely to work than were their elder siblings and cousins. The ILO’s newest estimates find the number of child laborers worldwide falling from 245.5 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012. The number of younger children in hazardous work has fallen fastest, dropping by fully two-thirds from 111 million children ages 5-14 in 2000 to 38 million in 2012.

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