Poor Measurement for Poverty
As we move deeper into the current recession, the number of poor Americans is rising. Poverty data arrives with a lag; we won’t know the 2008 poverty rate until August, 2009. But poverty and unemployment are closely linked, and unemployment has been rising rapidly. More than 11 million Americans currently report they are unemployed. That means the number of families with seriously reduced income is growing.
Unfortunately, even when the poverty data arrives, we will be missing key information needed to understand who’s poor and who isn’t. And, if the stimulus legislation under consideration in Congress is adopted, it could play a significant role in helping low-income families, but the official measure of poverty won’t do a very good job of reflecting the impacts of these policies.
Read more here.
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Katie Peters (economy, education, poverty, Half in Ten Education Fund)
202.741.6285 or email@example.com
Print: Anne Shoup (foreign policy and national security, energy, LGBT issues, health care, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Crystal Patterson (immigration)
202.478.6350 or email@example.com
Print: Madeline Meth (women's issues, Legal Progress, higher education)
202.741.6277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Tanya Arditi
202.741.6258 or email@example.com
TV: Lindsay Hamilton
202.483.2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio: Chelsea Kiene
202.478.5328 or email@example.com