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World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience: An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Income/Poverty,United Nations

Examines how the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development relates to the challenge of building resilience to climate change and alleviating suffering of the most vulnerable populations.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations


Household Income: 2015

Categories: Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

Presents data on median household income and the Gini index of income inequality.  Shows a significant increase in median household income at the national level and for 39 states.  2015 median household income for the nation was $55,775, up 3.8% from 2014.  From the Census Bureau.


Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

Presents the results of a national study on current conditions for artists and the trends affecting their ability to create work and contribute to their communities.  Major factors include the increasing importance of technology, income inequities and the “gig” economy, and the tendency of the arts ecosystem to privilege a narrow band of aesthetic approaches.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Changes in Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients

Categories: Education,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Describes the proportion of undergraduates who received a Pell Grant by dependency status and also the median family income of Pell Grant recipients over four academic years.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


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

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

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

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

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


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