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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Day: July 5, 2019

July 1 – 5, 2019

President Trump declares that the economy is doing “unbelievably well” after payrolls grow by 224,000 in June.


The rebound in job growth is an indication of the U.S. economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.


As companies are strained by rising health-care costs, they are shifting more of the burden to their employees, who are finding that option unaffordable.


A Trump administration proposal to increase the odds that immigrants will be dee…


In an out of jail, Ora Watkins said she hasn’t voted in more than a decade because of how difficult it was for felons in Nevada to regain their voting rights. The state Legislature changed …


Welfare payments in Georgia cost the government $35.3 million in 2018, down from more than $55 million a decade earlier.


Moving from poverty to wealth from one generation to the next is least likely in the South, but optimism there is greatest, tinged with political views.


Homelessness is often considered an urban problem. But rural Americans often experience homelessness as well. Advocates struggle to reach homeless rural residents and connect them with services.


For most of her 13 years working the grill and cash register at McDonald’s, Bettie Douglas earned just over $7 an hour. Then in 2017, the St. Louis grandmother’s hourly pay rose to $10 after the city increased its minimum wage.