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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

September 4, 2020

Fewer jobs were added to the economy last month even as the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%. Job growth has slowed since June in a sign of what could be a long and painful recovery from the recession.


Six states cap their unemployment benefits at an amount that translates to less than the federal $7.25 hourly minimum wage.


The Trump administration is preparing to put in place a new ban on eviction of renters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus


The order comes as House Democrats have been at loggerheads with the White House over the next coronavirus relief package.


Beyond the pandemic emergency, there is a food crisis hidden in plain sight: Millions struggling for years to feed their families.


The waivers have allowed school districts in Maine to provide free breakfast and lunch to any student who asks for a meal.


Judge James Donato ruled the Department of Education “went well beyond” its authority in trying to replace a funding formula mandated by Congress “with ones of its own choosing.”


New research shows that minimum-wage violations spike as low-paid workers become more vulnerable and less inclined to complain.