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21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

Agency press release about the report entitled Dynamics of Economic Well-Being.  Provides a summary of who participated in the programs and for how long and offers a link to the full report.  From the Census Bureau


Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009-2012: Who Gets Assistance?

Focuses on the participation and characteristics of people who receive benefits from federal means-tested assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, TANF, and Housing Assistance.  In 2012 approximately 21% of the population participated in one or more of the programs.  From the Census Bureau


Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Children,Income/Poverty,Welfare/Social Services

Over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20%  in every Census since 1980.  This report describes ways to measure rural poverty,  credits federal assistance programs with alleviating the worst of such poverty and urges a variety of program adjustments to continue the progress.  From the White House


Foreign-Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics, 2014

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports on the unemployment rate during the year for foreign-born workers, the percentage of the U.S. labor force they represent, their types of work, usual weekly earnings and more.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Insurance Status by State Medicaid Expansion Status: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2013 – September 2014

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Examines changes in the percentage of persons who were uninsured, by state Medicaid expansion status, age, and poverty status.  The percentage of adults who were uninsured decreased from 20.4% in 2013 to 15.9% in April-September 2014.  Medicaid expansion states experienced a larger drop in the uninsured (10%) than non-expansion states (3%).  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits

Categories: Education,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment

Examines what is known about the size of the nonstandard or contingent workforce, characteristics and employment experiences of contingent versus standard workers, and differences in earnings, benefits, and measures of poverty.  From the Government Accountability Office


Association Between Diagnosed ADHD and Selected Characteristics Among Children Aged 4-17 Years: United States, 2011-2013

Categories: Children,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Mental Health,Statistics

Describes the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among children using parent-reported data.  Differences in prevalence are examined by selected demographic and socioeconomic variables including health insurance coverage and poverty status.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


The Evolution of Retirement Wealth

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security

Analyzes the participation of American workers in retirement plans and how these trends are affected by recent economic slowdowns and worker income levels.  From the Federal Reserve Board


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