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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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Today, Gen X and Gen Y have less wealth than their parents did at that age 25 years ago

Today, GenX and GenY have less wealth than their parents did at that age 25 years ago.

Why? The foreclosure crisis was key, with home equity falling 65 percent from 2007-10 among Gen X and Y.

Source: 2013, Lost Generations? Wealth Building among Young Americans
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About 77 million Americans have a report of debt in collections

More than a third of adults with a credit file have a debt in collections and owe, on average, $5,178.

Source: 2014, Delinquent Debt in America
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About 30% of young people ages 16–18 who left school without a high school diploma are working

They are disproportionately male, Hispanic, and not living with a parent. Most left school before high school or in 12th grade.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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In 2015, the average income tax refund was $2,711

Average tax refund in 2015

Of the 126 million tax returns the IRS processed through April 17, 2015, almost three-quarters resulted in a refund.

Source: 2015, Most People Receive Refunds at Tax Time
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0.08%: The projected increase in health insurance coverage rates due to ACA’s employer mandate

.08%: The projected increase in health insurance coverage rates due to ACA’s employer mandate

The ACA’s employer mandate will not significantly expand coverage, and it may even have negative effects on low-wage workers.

Source: 2014, Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?
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