Monday, June 8, 2015

Poverty-Unemployed in America

In September 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released that the overall poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5% or about 45.3 million people living in poverty, a decrease from 15% in 2012.
There are different poverty guidelines for different sized households. In 2015, the poverty guideline for single-person households was $11,770 and the guideline for four-person households was $24,250.

In May 2015, the unemployment rate for black Americans was ______ the rate for white Americans.

In May 2015, 4.7% of America’s white civilian noninstitutional population was unemployed and 10.2% of America’s black civilian noninstitutional population was unemployed.
source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What percent of adolescents with parents who have less than a high school degree live in low-income families?

That's about 2.2 million people. For comparison, 28 percent of children who have at least one parent with some college or additional education live in low-income families.
source: National Center for Children in Poverty

Female-headed families are _____ likely to be poor than are families headed by a single male or a couple.

In 2012, over 30% of families led by single women lived in poverty. Around 6% of families headed by married couples and 14% of families headed by single men lived below the poverty threshold.
source: National Center for Law and Economic Justice