Working poor is a term used to describe individuals and families who remain as poor even though they have regular employment. The working poor are distinct from paupers, poor who are supported by government aid or charity.
In the U.S., a person is recognized as being working poor depending on their revenues compared to an absolute poverty level. In the U.S working poor are defined as persons who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force during the year but whose incomes falls below the official poverty level. Often, those defined as "working poor" have debts and they lack the ability to escape personal and economic contingencies.