According to the US Census Bureau, an estimated 23.3 million adults in the United States are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and the demand for adult literacy education has never been greater.
In addition, the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) reported that individuals who have below basic English literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed than individuals in the intermediate and proficient literacy categories and that over the past decade there was little change in the number of adults whose poor reading, writing, comprehension, and math skills place them in the "below basic literacy" category. The report indicated 30 million adults - 14 percent of the adult population in the U.S. - are in that category. (ProLiteracy Worldwide, www.proliteracy.org)
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