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

April 1 – 5, 2019

After a lackluster performance in February, the job market bounced back in March. February’s number of new jobs was also revised upward, to 33,000 from 20,000.


Is the strong job market hiding a growing skills gap?


A new report shows that county programs for the medically indigent are generally serving fewer people now than they did before the Affordable Care Act


Tennessee children have been rapidly disenrolled from TennCare, Medicaid and CoverKids health insurance programs.


Advocates say state income checks are confusing to families, burdensome to state. And 1 in 3 of the children are back on the program within a year.


More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been booted from the Medicaid program, after an upgraded state computer check determined they earn too much to receive the taxpayer-financed health insurance.



A new study shows dramatic regional differences in who gets audited. The hardest hit? Poor workers across the country.


While some prisoners are benefiting from reduced sentences under the First Step Act, implementation of other aspects of the law has been hit with delays.


New report shows move away from cash bail helped poorer defendants. But it’s running out of money.


Median earnings, poverty and employment rates have stagnated, and racial gaps have worsened, according to a new Brookings report. Five cities, however, are bucking these trends.


The report says Massachusetts only has about half the number of affordable apartments it needs.


A growing number of residents in New York City qualify for a first-in-the-nation program to provide free legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction.


A recent analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that the share of foster youth living with foster parents or relatives has risen over the decade


More than 70 percent of children participating in Mississippi’s pre-K program leave ready for kindergarten.