Brief Poverty in the United States
Austin Nichols
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Poverty, at 15 percent, has not risen from 2010 to 2011, while long-term unemployment has remained at record levels. Monthly data indicate poverty may have been falling through 2011. However, poverty is still as high as it has been in any year since 1965, and the safety net that protected families during the Great Recession is likely to be cut as fiscal pressure increases.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Income and wealth distribution Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Racial wealth gap
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center