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45 Million Americans Still Stuck Below Poverty Line

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans...

9 Maps That Should Outrage Southerners

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

Look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It's clean and quiet. There's delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that'...

Immigration and Poverty

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

A far better strategy would be to improve the earnings capacity -- the skills, the availability of decent paying jobs, the work supports -- available to all low-wage working families, regardless of their nativity.

Poverty, Mobility and Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Countries' lower poverty rates are not of function of their "free markets" -- they are a function of their anti-poverty policies.

The 1 Move That Would Suddenly Pull 300,000 Workers Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business

Legislation introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives could pull hundreds of thousands of the country's working poor out of pover...

Poverty Grows, But Does Anybody Care?

Allan Sheahen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Allan Sheahen

Welfare rolls in the United States are down more than 50 percent. But it didn't reduce poverty. That's because welfare reform dumped many recipients into low-paying jobs -- with no benefits or ability to move up. Does anybody care?

It's Jobs, Stupid!

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The World Bank has been tracking the world progress against poverty since the late '80s, but the release of 2008 data was the first time in which all regions of the developing world showed a decline in the number of people living below poverty lines!

America's Poorest States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Weigley, Brian Zajac and Alexander E. M. Hess | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St: Median household income in the United States declined for the second straight year, according to data released from the U.S. Census...

Policy Matters! Wednesday's Income, Poverty, and Insurance Coverage Data

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

A year ago, President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act. The fact that Congress was unwilling to approve these jobs measures is one reason middle class families continue to struggle and why the growth that we are generating is doing an end run around them. In fact, if you think back to 2011, instead of debating jobs measures that could have helped middle class and low-income workers, what was Congress fighting about? Whether or not to default on the national debt. And now there's the specter of the fiscal cliff, another potential self-inflicted wound to an economy that needs a shot in the arm not a punch in the head.

Child Poverty Holds Steady For The First Time In Years, Census Bureau Finds

Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

After climbing four years in a row, the U.S. child-poverty rate essentially held firm in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Wednesday. In 2...

'Poverty Tour 2.0' Kicks Off In Cleveland

Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact

Famed public radio hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are taking their show on the road to help fight poverty nationwide. U.S. poverty rates are s...

10 Countries With The Most Workplace Diversity

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

High school history books might call the United States the world's melting pot, but that characterization doesn't quite hold true in today's workplace...

Alternative Poverty Measure More Accurately Identifies Who Is Poor in the United States

David Henderson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Any way you look at it, whether there are 46 million or 49.1 million poor in the U.S., there is an unacceptable level of human suffering in our country.

A New Tropical Medicine Clinic for 'Third World America'

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 12.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Poor economic conditions have been known to increase the risk of disease. But only recently have diseases of poverty, mostly associated with countries outside the U.S., been recognized as a problem here at home.

The Least Impoverished Cities

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

A growing number of Americans entered into poverty last year. But certain cities survived the recession with especially low poverty rates. Across m...

The 10 Most Impoverished States

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

(Lisa Lambert) - 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 down...

Why 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests? America's High Rates of Poverty & Income Inequality

Michael Shank | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

Reduce income inequality and you reduce the rates of every kind of social malaise that are draining our federal, state and local budgets and services. Eradicate both and you have a certain moneymaker for America.

The Global Cry for Economic Justice

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

Studies show the growing gap between the rich and poor, the need for meaningful work, and the need for economic and labor policies that favor job creation. This need is global, and it's spiritual.

America Can't Be Saved From the Top

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

America can't be saved from the top down. The ship is leaking from the bottom. The debates on the campaign trail and in Washington must not continue to focus on topside staterooms while ignoring the damage below.

10 States With The Highest Female/Male Wage Discrepancy

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.04.2011 | Business

Women in the U.S. have made tremendous strides in the past century, most notably in educational attainment. Just last week, in fact, the Census showe...

Amid Economic Deluge, America's Future Struggles to Stay Afloat

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Piraino

We owe it to future generations to ensure they're not hindered by our own economic missteps.

Poverty Rises as Wall Street Billionaires Whine

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

You'd think the Wall Street moguls would be thankful. Not just thankful -- down on their knees kissing the ground taxpayers walk on and hollering hallelujah at the top of their lungs! Instead, they're back to hauling in obscene profits.

Numbers Of Poor Could Increase By 1.5M: Report

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The ranks of poor and uninsured Americans are likely increasing – with more than 38.8 million believed to be in poverty. Reb...

We Can Pay for Education Today - Or Prisons Tomorrow

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Burd-Sharps

It's tempting to say education can wait. But that would be shortsighted in ways both foolish and tragic.