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Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2013/eedata_sc13.pdf

Shows by sex and age the number of employees and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.  From the Social Security Administration

 

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

Categories: Children,Elderly,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-258.pdf

The SPM extends the official poverty measure by measuring the effect of government assistance programs.  Reports that under the SPM measure 45.7 million individuals in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2015 including 11.9 million children and 6.5 million adults age 65+.  From the Census Bureau

 

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-256.pdf

Presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the U.S.  Reports that median household income was up 5.2%  to $56,516 in 2015, compared to the previous year of $53,718.  The official poverty rate was 13.5%, down 1.2% from 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

401(K) Plans: DOL Could Take Steps to Improve Retirement Income Options for Plan Participants

Categories: Elderly,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678924.pdf

Finds that many 401(k) plan sponsors do not offer annuities or other plans for helping participants make their savings last for a long retirement.  This report examines what is known about lifetime income options in 401(k) plans, barriers to their inclusion in plans, and alternatives for participants who don’t choose a lifetime income option.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

SSI Recipients by State and County 2015

Categories: Children,Disability,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_sc/2015/ssi_sc15.pdf

Provides information about the number of recipients and amount of benefits received by state and county for the Supplemental Security Income Program, which provides cash assistance to low-income aged, blind, or disabled persons.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Head Start Performance Standards

Categories: Children,Education-Higher,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/09/06/2016-19748/head-start-performance-standards

Text of the final rule which revised the Head Start Standards.  From the Office of the Federal Register and the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

HHS Announces New Standards to Further Strengthen the Quality of Head Start Programs

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/09/01/hhs-announces-new-standards-further-strengthen-quality-head-start-programs.html

Press release about the major changes included in the new regulations for the Head Start Program.  Highlights of the new standards include raising teacher requirements, increasing the amount of time children spend in classes, affirming the role of parents as leaders, and strengthening comprehensive services.  From the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

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Household Food Security in the United States in 2015

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

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2137663/err215.pdf

12.7% of American households were food insecure at least some time during 2015, and 5% had very low food security.  The low food security households lacked the money to prevent disruptions of eating patterns.  Also describes the prevalence of food insecurity in households with children and participation in federal food assistance programs. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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