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Economy Strengthened Too Slowly in 2013 to Help Many Middle- and Low-Income People

Bob Greenstein | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Today's Census data provide fresh evidence that the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans.

In Ferguson, the Most Important Color Might Be Green

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

As is true in Ferguson and other communities in the U.S., a gulf now exists between the rich and the poor, and between blacks and whites. This gulf is making it harder to empathize with people we don't know, and with people who are different from us.

What Do We Really Know About Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT Individuals and Same-sex Couples?

Ben de Guzman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben de Guzman

The Williams Institute has just released "LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals and Same-sex Couples," a study that provides data on a variety of social, economic, and demographic characteristics of the Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT community.

The Average American's Face Will Change How You Think About Race

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices

What does the average American look like? As time goes on, the answer to that question is becoming more and more complicated. The country is livin...

Jason Linkins

Gilded American City Gets Much Richer And Much Poorer, Simultaneously | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

As the new age of widespread American income inequality continues, there's perhaps no better way to visualize what the rest of the country is enduring...

Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

Sharon Parrott | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, a...

Why More Men Are Living Alone Than Ever Before

Posted 08.29.2013 | Divorce

According to new Census data, more American men are living alone than ever before -- and the rising divorce rate could be to blame. The Census data...

Communities of Color Make History in 2012

James Mejia | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
James Mejia

As remarkable as this historic achievement is in its own right, the increases in African American voting is the tip of the iceberg with regard to demographic shifts that will forever change the face of U.S. politics.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Bill Would Eliminate America's Economic Data | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republicans are cooking up legislation that could give President Barack Obama an unintentional assist with disagreeable unemp...

The 10 Best Economically Performing Cities

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business

A struggling labor market may be one of the most significant problems currently facing the United States, but some cities are starting to return to pr...

Tyler Kingkade

CHART: Poverty Is Up, But The Poor Are Paying The Most Taxes | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly released U.S. Census data reveal that poverty levels have skyrocketed, but in most states, the tax systems disproportionally burde...

Beware the Wrong Lessons from Poverty and Income Data

Jeff Madrick | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Jeff Madrick

The poverty data released by the Census Bureau last week may well be the straw that broke the camel's back -- the camel being those deliberately blind people who can't seem to acknowledge that most Americans are doing poorly.

America's Richest States: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The national poverty and income figures released recently by the government paint a dark picture of the economy. The total number ...

Trymaine Lee

Number Of Americans Living In Poverty Hits 52-Year High, 27.4 Percent Of Blacks Under The Poverty Line | Trymaine Lee | Posted 11.13.2011 | Black Voices

The number of Americans living in poverty in 2010 hit a 52-year high, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. As the poverty r...

Jason Linkins

Inflation-Adjusted Income For Median Male Worker Hits 1968 Levels | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

Yo, this one goes out to all the median male workers in the house. How you livin' median male workers? Before you answer that, let me guess. You're ho...

Small Business and the Simple Math of Job Creation

Carol Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Carol Roth

There are 28 million small businesses in this country that only need to hire an employee or two on average to completely reverse the jobs crisis. That must not be ignored.

Joy Resmovits

Latino Student, Teacher Populations Don't Match Up | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.12.2011 | Latino Voices

One day during his first week teaching fourth grade in San Antonio’s largely Hispanic Bonham Academy, David Nungaray -- a Teach for America teacher ...

U.S. Census: Illinois Sees Surge In Same-Sex Relationships

Posted 10.04.2011 | Chicago

Story by Joseph Erbentraut, courtesy of the Windy City Times The statistics on same-sex couples in Illinois from the latest decennial census were u...

Sam Stein

A 'Huge Weapon' For Obama? | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest political story over the past week didn't involve a bus tour, sordid tweets sent from a congressman's account or even the po...

Six Simple Ways To Help Ease Poverty In America

Gimundo | Posted 07.29.2011 | Impact

One in seven Americans live under the poverty line, according to the latest census data. That doesn't mean they have to live in poverty. Never in t...

Poverty in the Era of Data

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Data is doing to public subsidies today what privatization did to public enterprises two decades ago: it is lifting the veil of inefficiency. With better household surveys, we can identify who exactly benefits from every dollar the government spends.

Janell Ross

Public Pension Funds Recovering, But Many Still Too Weak To Keep All Promises | Janell Ross | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business

A fresh annual survey of the nation's public pension plans released Thursday revealed that government employee retirement funds plunged in value by a ...

The New Center Of Nation's Population

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states as they ...

Pols: NYC Census Numbers Short By More Than 200K People

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A drastic under-count by the US Census could cost New York City hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid, local politicians said. The New Yor...

Post-Katrina New Orleans Richer, Whiter, Emptier

Bloomberg | David Mildenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Five years after Hurricane Katrina drove Lena Johnson from New Orleans, her family's home since the 1930s, she misses its food, music and Mardi Gras. ...