This fall, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2013. During the next few months, Spotlight will post resources on this page to help journalists, policymakers and advocates locate timely analysis,statements and events examining the new data.
On September 16, the Census Bureau released findings from the Current Population Survey, including new national data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage in the United States--the first in a series of data released this fall. On September 18, the Census released new socioeconomic, housing and demographic data from the 2013 American Community Survey, which includes estimates for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. On October 16, the Census released estimates under the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). The SPM addresses flaws in the current measure,which was developed in the early 1960s and does not factor in expenses such as child care and out of pocket medical expenses, and non-cash benefits such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. The new measure serves as an additional indicator of economic well-being and provides a deeper understanding of economic conditions and the effectiveness of existing federal policies and programs.
To add your organization as a resource in this guide, please contact Tamanna Mansury at Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com. Click here to access last year’s resources on the 2012 data.
In addition to this resource guide, Spotlight is participating in a national Twitter conversation to highlight the importance of the new Census Bureau figures and raise awareness of poverty in the United States. The goal is to get as many people and organizations as possible to tweet about the new national poverty numbers. If your organization has a Twitter account, Spotlight asks that you tweet about the release of the data using the #TalkPoverty hashtag.
FROM THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
REPORTS, ANALYSES & EVENTS
Bread for the World
The Brookings Institution
California Budget Project
Carsey School of Public Policy
Center for American Progress
Center for Law & Social Policy
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Understanding Next Week’s Census Figures on Poverty and Inequality, Arloc Sherman, Sept. 11, 2014
- Robert Greenstein on Today's Census Figures, Sept. 16, 2014
- Census Report Shows Rise in Full-Time Work, Undercutting Claims by Health Reform Opponents, Paul N. Van de Water, Sept. 17, 2014
- Tomorrow’s Poverty Numbers Will Help Measure Strength of Safety Net, Danilo Trisi, Oct. 15, 2014
- Safety Net Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Last Year, New Census Data Show, Danilo Trisi, Oct. 16, 2014
Children's Defense Fund
Coalition on Human Needs
- CHN held its annual webinar training on the use of the new Census Bureau data about poverty, income, health insurance. Speakers included Jared Bernstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Christian Dorsey from the Economic Policy Institute; and Debbie Weinstein, executive director of CHN. Click here for more information.
- For the First Time Since the Great Recession, Poverty Has Declined; But for 45 Million People, Route Out of Poverty Remains Blocked, Debbie Weinstein, Sept. 16, 2014
- Fact of the Week: Millions of People are Lifted Out of Poverty by Programs Like Social Security, Low-Income Tax Credits, and SNAP/Food Stamps, Deborah Weinstein, Oct. 16, 2014
Economic Policy Institute
- By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2013, David Cooper, Sept. 16, 2014
- Modest Income Growth in 2013 Puts Slight Dent in More than a Decade of Income Losses, Laurence Mishel and Alyssa Davis, Sept. 16, 2014
- The Generation-Long Trend Towards Ever-Greater Income Inequality Continues, Josh Bivens, Sept. 16, 2014
- Real Median Household Incomes for all Racial Groups Remain Well Below Their 2007 Levels, Valerie Wilson, Sept. 16, 2014
Equal Voice News
The Heritage Foundation
National Council of La Raza
National Women's Law Center
- The Story Behind the Numbers: The Wage Gap, Katherine Gallagher Robbins and Liz Watson, Sept. 15, 2014
- Poverty Declined in 2013 — But Not For Women, Julie Vogtman, Sept. 16, 2014
- How the Wage Gap Hurts Working Families & What Can Be Done to Close It, Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Sept. 16, 2014
- The Wage Gap By State for Women Overall 2013, Sept. 18, 2014\
- Women and Poverty, State by State (map), Sept. 25, 2014
- Insecure & Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families 2000-2013, Sept. 29, 2014
- Poverty Among Seniors is Dramatically Higher Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, Joan Entmacher, Oct. 16, 2014
Pew Research Center
- New Poverty Numbers Remind Latinos: We Must Grow Our Power, Vanessa Cárdenas, Sept. 17, 2014
- Activists and Scholars Respond to the New Poverty Data, Hilary Hoynes, Sarita Gupta, Dr. Deborah Frank, Deepak Bhargava, Valerie Wilson, Sally Steenland, Alice O’Connor, Deirdra Reed, Sept. 18, 2014
- See Poverty Rates in Your State & Congressional District, Sept. 19, 2014
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