Third World America: Census Reports 46.2 Million Americans are Living in Poverty
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2011, median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054, a 1.5 percent decline from the 2010 median and the second consecutive annual drop.
The nation’s official poverty rate in 2011 was 15.0 percent, with 46.2 million people in poverty. After three consecutive years of increases, neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2010 estimates.
The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 50.0 million in 2010 to 48.6 million in 2011, as did the percentage without coverage – from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011.
Also in 2011, the median earnings for women who worked full time was $37,118, and $48,202 for men. Once you account for inflation, that’s not much of an improvement in wages over the past twenty years. Also, it demonstrates that women working full time are only earning 77% of what men who work full time earn.
Of course, the poverty rate for non-Hispanic whites was lower in 2011 than it was for other racial groups.
The report breaks down the data for racial groups, s*x, and even various regions. You can read the report in its entirety here.
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