Economic Insecurity Across the American States: New State Estimates from the Economic Security Index

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Economic Insecurity Across the American States: New State Estimates from the Economic Security Index

Abstract

Nearly every state has experienced record economic insecurity recently, measured by the Economic Security Index (ESI) as the percentage of people losing more than a quarter of their available income from one year to the next without sufficient liquid wealth to offset the loss. More than one in six in New Hampshire (lowest), and nearly one in four in Mississippi (highest), suffered large losses between 2009 and 2010. All states experienced a substantial rise in insecurity between 1986 and 2010. The insecurity rank of states changed little over the 1986-2010 period--state differences in insecurity appear to be persistent.

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