IMF warns US on poverty, cuts its growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund is warning the United States to tackle poverty, downgrading its forecast for the country’s economy this year.

IMF released an annual assessment of the US economy Wednesday, saying approximately one in seven Americans live in poverty.

The fund also predicted a 2.2 percent growth for the US economy in 2016, which shows a 0.2 percent decline compared to that of the last year.

During the first three months of this year, the country’s annual growth pace was 0.5 percent, down from 1.4 percent in the last three months of 2015.

The US was urged to raise the minimum wage and offer women paid maternity leave in an effort to deal with poverty.

“Not only does poverty create significant social strains, it also eats into labor force participation, and undermines the ability to invest in education and improve health outcomes,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

She stated that still “the US economy is in good shape,”…

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