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US Poverty

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

Alternative Census Measure Indicates Poverty Higher Than Previously Thought

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A record number of Americans – 49.1 million – are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into acc...

A Clear Plan to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity in the U.S.

John Podesta | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
John Podesta

We're coming out of a lost decade in which poverty increased and median incomes declined despite overall increases in worker productivity and corporate profits. But this decade can be different.

The Cities With The Highest Income Inequality

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

Maybe Americans are so fed up with growing income inequality because it's so widespread. The cities with the highest levels of income inequality a...

Most Americans Using Jobless Benefits Say They Don't Cover Basic Needs

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

The majority of Americans using unemployment benefits say it's not enough to cover their basic needs. Sixty-six percent of Americans using unemplo...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"The Economy Stupid" were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 war room. Today, that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates.

Poverty Rates Swelled In Almost All U.S. States, Cities In 2010

Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

The ranks of the poor rose in almost all U.S. states and cities in 2010, despite the end of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Gr...

Helping Each Other Find The Way At Occupy Wall Street

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

My hope is that the protest will be a rallying cry for all Americans to remind us of our shared values, not simply the occasion for replicating the political polarization that already grips our country.

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

Study: Growing Up Poor Reduces Chances Of High School Graduation

Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

Children that grow up in poor neighborhoods have a significantly reduced chance of graduating from high school, according to a study in the October is...

National and State Safety Nets Fail to Catch Millions of Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our child poverty statistics are morally and economically indefensible. Is this the best America can do? Is this the reflection of our values as a nation?

Largest Group Of America's Poor Children Not White For First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

The largest group of poor children isn’t white for the first time in U.S. history, according to a Pew report released Wednesday. There were 6.1 ...

Class Warfare -- The Republicans Are Right!

Adam Klugman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Adam Klugman

Well, it was bound to happen -- sooner or later I would find myself agreeing with the Republicans. As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to the...

Get Ready for the Poverty Deniers

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

There is indeed an attitude problem in this country. It's the kind of attitude that encourages sweeping, simplistic generalities like, "Anybody living in the USA is not poor."

Young Adults Are Recession's Lost Generation, Census Finds

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Young adults are the recession's lost generation. In record numbers, they're struggling to find work, shunning long-distance moves...

Record Poverty Numbers Send a Loud Wake-Up Call

Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Nancy Duff Campbell

Analysis of the Census poverty data by the National Women's Law Center reveals a stark gender disparity: women make up 57.8 percent of poor adults. Over 17 million women lived in poverty in 2010, including more than 7.5 million in extreme poverty.

Michael Moore on New Poverty Stats

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-20-Screenshot20110919at9.14.22PM.png During my conversation today with Michael Moore, I asked the Oscar-winning filmmaker about the alarming new numbers out last week regarding poverty in America.

What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates

Jeff Selingo | Posted 11.19.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

The long-term changes we're witnessing to the U.S. economy should be yet another sign to college leaders that something has to be done about rising prices, and fast.

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 ...

New Poverty Rate Only Tells Half the Story: Twice the Number of Americans Struggling to Get By

Brandon Roberts | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

At this critical juncture, policymakers must avoid reducing the national debt on the backs of working families.

Discouraging News on Child Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals 46.2 million poor people in America, the largest number in the last 52 years. This is a national disgrace.

Southerners Less Likely To Visit The Dentist, Gallup Finds

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

Residents of Southern states are less likely to visit the dentist, indicating that their household income may be lower, according to a Gallup poll rel...

Unemployment Rate Rose In Majority of States For Third Straight Month

AP | DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in a majority of states in August for a third straight month, further evidence that the depressed job marke...

American Earnings Now Same As During Nixon Era

The New Yorker | John Cassidy | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

The latest poverty and income figures came out this week, and boy are they disturbing. It’s not so much the headline figures, which have been well c...

America's Poorest States

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

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