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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

 

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

 

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2015

Categories: Children,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/P60-262.pdf

More than 25% of American children have one of their parents living outside their household.  Over one-third of these households were in poverty; Less than half of custodial parents received full child support payments.  This report includes socioeconomic characteristics of these households and the types and amounts of child support received.  From the Census Bureau

 

Participation Rates in Other Assistance Programs: 2013

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/p70br-149.pdf

Tracks the percentage of the U.S. population that received some federal assistance with food, transportation, clothing, or housing during the year of record.  These programs lie outside the major federal social safety net programs.  From the Census Bureau

 

Low Wage Workers: Poverty and Use of Selected Federal Social Safety Net Programs Persist Among Working Families

Categories: Income/Poverty,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687314.pdf

Examines the characteristics of the low-wage workforce and how they have changed over time, the extent to which families dependent on low-wage workers are in poverty, and the extent to which such families participate in federal social safety net programs.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

OASDI and SSI Program Rates and Limits 2018

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/prog_highlights/RatesLimits2018.pdf

Key figures for Social Security related programs for the year including tax rates, earnings limits, COLA percent and more.  From the Social Security Administration

 

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