The Bureau of the Census released data for U.S. poverty rates and family income today. The headline poverty rate for all individuals was essentially unchanged from 2011, at 15 percent. The poverty rate reached an all-time low of 11.3 percent in 2000. Median family income declined from $51,100 to $51,017, a change that is not statistically significant.
of the most striking trends in recent poverty data has been the rise in
poverty among the working-age population. As the following chart shows,
when the government first began to publish poverty data, the elderly
were the poorest segment of the population, with children in second
place. Since that time, poverty rates among the elderly have fallen
dramatically, while those of children have changed little. Meanwhile,
the poverty rate for working-age individuals (defined as 18 to 65 years)
has risen, and has continued to rise during the current economic
recovery. It reached 13.7 percent of the population in 2010, and has not
showed a statistically significant change from that level since.
might wonder why working-age poverty would not have decreased as a
result of the gradual fall in unemployment rates. Another data series
helps explain why it has not.>>>Read more