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New U.S. Census Bureau Data Links College Degrees and Earnings

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/education-pilot.html

Press release which announces first release of data sets on labor market outcomes for college graduates.  The graduate earnings data provide national statistics on annual earnings for graduates by major field, degree level, institution, and graduation cohort.  Includes links to data sets.  From the Census Bureau

 

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2017

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2017/home.htm

Presents highlights and statistics about the workers who earned at or below the federal minimum wage in 2017 including demographic characteristics, education, marital status, occupation, industry, full or part-time work status, and state of residence.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2017 Annual Report

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/88074/eib-190.pdf?v=43174

Examines trends in U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs through FY2017.  Also covers trends in the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households and the contribution of SNAP benefits to household food spending.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin 2017

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2017/index.html

One of the major annual federal government statistical publications.  Offers statistics and annual information on many social service programs including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability programs.  From the Social Security Administration

 

The Distribution of Household Income, 2014

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53597-distribution-household-income-2014.pdf

Includes sections on the distribution of household income in the U.S., trends in household income/means-tested transfers/federal taxes, and trends in income inequality.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Agricultural Statistics 2017

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Income/Poverty,Statistics

https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Ag_Statistics/2017/Complete%20Ag%20Stats%202017.pdf

Annual collection of statistics on crops, livestock, farm income and expenses, price-support programs, fertilizer and pesticide use, and conservation programs.  From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

 

The Distribution of Household Income, 2014

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53597-distribution-household-income-2014.pdf

Provides a stark picture of income inequality in the U.S. where, in 2014, the lowest fifth had average annual income of about $19,000 and the highest fifth had $281,000.  Also discusses trends in income inequality and how federal programs, especially the Affordable Care Act, and taxes affected the distribution of income in 2014.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Bankruptcy and Student Loans

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Youth

https://www.everycrsreport.com/files/20180222_R45113_260f7e659232d45a2168911d6025ca02f9df0e72.pdf

Examines the concept of “undue hardship” as a legal term involving required payment of student loan debt. According to court interpretations the debtor must prove three things to qualify for exemption from repayment.  The report provides a comprehensive overview of the various legal issues related to whether a debtor may discharge a student loan via bankruptcy.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by EveryCRSReport.com

 

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