Poverty and Income Data
Despite welcome reductions in poverty during the long economic expansion of the 1990s, poverty in the United States rose during the economic downturn that followed. Poverty has not fallen by a statistically significant amount since before the recession began. September’s Census Bureau release will tell us more about whether the recession (which officially began in June 2009) has finally begun to reach the low-income population.
In 2011, the poverty rate was 15 percent. This rate would have to fall to 12.5 percent to reach the pre-Recession 2007 level and 11.3 percent to reach the 2000 level.
CHN posts data and analyses that document human need – poverty, income, unemployment, health coverage, housing, social services, taxation, etc. You will find direct links to official government statistics and independent studies. In addition to national data, you will find state information covering a wide array of topics.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
- September 13, 2011CLASP: How Many More Have to Fall into Poverty Before We Say Enough?
Policy Analyses and Research
- September 18, 2013Wider Opportunities for Women: Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families
- September 17, 2013Economic Policy Institute: By the Numbers: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage 2013