Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

California's poverty rate remains nation's highest

California's poverty rate remains nation's highest

But Trump also has proposed cutting federal assistance for low-income households and rolling back the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health insurance to millions more Americans. It marked the second consecutive year that median household income increased.

"One way to understand this attitude is to take a longer-term view by calculating the economic risk of poverty over a 5-year period using tools such as the poverty risk calculator". That means 40.6 million people are living below the poverty line, which is also down from previous years. The slight improvement still leaves 28.1 million people without coverage. MA was the state with the lowest percentage of uninsured people, at 2.5 percent and the highest was in Texas, where 16.6 of the population was uninsured.

"Over the past several decades Census Bureau reports have found that the average one year risk of poverty tends to vary between 11 and 15 percent". "Between 2015 and 2016, increases in median household income ranged from 1.2% in Pennsylvania to 6.3% in Idaho".

The census data also details income inequality, and MA was only one of three states and territories - along with Alaska and Puerto Rico - to see its inequality decrease a year ago in a statistically significant way.

Among the race groups, Asian households had the highest median income in 2016 ($81,431).

- Almost 96 per cent of Canada's 8.2 million married or common-law couples saw both spouses report income in 2015, significantly more than about two-thirds of couples in the mid-1970s.

"Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch", says IHS Markit economist Chris Christopher. With household incomes rising, poverty has declined.

It shows median income, which is the midpoint of the income scale. Still, median earnings for full-time workers in Clark County increased slightly from $49,699 in 2015 to $50,130 past year, the Census Bureau said. Specifically, for full-time, year-round workers median annual earnings in 2016 were not significantly different from in 2015. That is 16th-highest in the state and slightly above the 13.7 percent nationwide average in 2016.

• The “Gini index” was 0.481 in 2016; the change from 2015 was not statistically significant. Nearly a quarter of residents fall into this category, and while that's fewer than in 2015, there are 300,000 more people living at that income level than in 2007. Adults age 65 and older were the only major population group to see an increase in the number of people in poverty.

In hard-hit Windsor, Ont., the child poverty rate topped out at 24 per cent, the highest of any Canadian municipality, as a result of a deep and persistent decline in the manufacturing sector.

Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg called the national poverty rate "a human-made disaster of epic proportions."

Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 61.0 percent of the total population and 42.5 percent of the people in poverty. The number of blacks in poverty decreased to 9.2 million, down from 10.0 million. Hispanics saw their poverty rate fall to 19.4%, down from 21.4%.

Poverty in some South Texas metro areas, which are home to predominantly Hispanic communities, was roughly double the state figure.

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