Sept. 23, 2011

 

Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers: Poverty Edition
by Braden Goyette - ProPublica

 

(Sept. 20, 2011) Last month, we detailed the dismal state of the nation's economy. Now that the Census Bureau has released new poverty figures, we wanted to give you another snapshot of how Americans are faring more than two years after the recession.

Americans below the poverty line in 2010: 46.2 million

Official U.S. poverty rate in 2007, before the recession: 12.5 percent

Poverty rate in 2009: 14.3 percent

 

Poverty rate in 2010: 15.1 percent

 

Last time the poverty level was this high: 1993

 

Poverty line in 2010: $22,314 for a family of four, or $11,139 for an individual

 

Rough amount the poor are living on per week: $200 or less


Poverty rate in American suburbs: 11.8 percent, the highest since 1967


Percentage of the population making less than half the poverty line in 2010: 6.7 percent


Percentage of the population making less than half the poverty line in 2007, before the recession: 5.2 percent


Poverty rate for white Americans in 2010: 13 percent


Poverty rate for African-Americans in 2010: 27.4 percent


Real median household income in 2010: $49,445


Decline in median household income since 2009: 2.3 percent


Decline in median household income since before the recession: 6.4 percent


The last time median household incomes have been this low: 1996


Real median household income in 1999, in 2010 dollars: $53,252


Median income for full-time male workers in 2010: $47,715


Median income for full-time male workers in 1973, in 2010 dollars: $49,065


Official unemployment rate in August 2011: 9.1 percent


Total unemployed people in August: 14 million


People who were employed part-time for economic reasons in August 2011: 8.8 million


People not counted in the labor force who wanted work: 2.6 million


Net jobs created in August 2011: 0


Long-term unemployed people as of August 2011: 6 million

Unemployed workers per job opening as of July 2011: 4.34 (3.2 million openings and 13.9 million unemployed people


Uninsured Americans in 2010: 49.9 million


Percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2010: 16.3 percent


Percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2007, before the recession: 15.3 percent


Percentage of children who were uninsured in 2010: 9.8 percent


Percentage of children in poverty who were uninsured in 2010: 15.4 percent


Percentage of American households that had enough to eat throughout the year in 2007: 88.9 percent


Percentage of American households that had enough to eat throughout the year in 2010: 85.5 percent

 

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