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

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2012

  • Household income, poverty hold steady, number of uninsured declines, By Tony Pugh, September 17, 2013, Miami Herald: “The nation’s elevated poverty rate and stagnant median household income showed no meaningful changes in 2012, while the number and percentage of Americans without health insurance declined slightly from 2011, due mainly to higher Medicare rolls, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report Tuesday…”
  • US poverty rate steady at 15 percent, but ‘lower class’ is booming, By Patrik Jonsson, September 17, 2013, Christian Science Monitor: “Poorer Americans were no better off – and no worse off – in 2012 than in 2011, compared with their richer neighbors, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The news may indicate that struggling workers and families whose fortunes have plummeted since the Great Recession have at last hit a financial plateau. But if the slide into poverty has finally stalled out, it appears to have left its mark on the psyches of many American workers. The share of those who identify themselves as ‘lower class’ – at 8.4 percent – now stands at its highest level in four decades, according to separate data released this week from the long-running General Social Survey (GSS)…”