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September 17, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Reflecting the sluggish economic recovery, the nation's poverty rate remained stuck at a near generation-high of 15% last year, while the average income of American households continued to stagnate, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The number of people living in poverty stood at 46.5 million in 2012, representing 15% of the country's population for the second year in a row. In 2010, the poverty rate reached 15.1%, the peak of the recent business cycle. The poverty figure was 12.5% in 2007, the year before the Great Recession.
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April 10, 2014 | By Ted Rall
The United States of America in Year 2014 is the wealthiest nation that has ever existed. Poverty among Americans is an obscenity: immoral, unnecessary, counterproductive . As disgusting as it is to watch $100,000 cars zoom past homeless panhandlers, however, there's something even worse: politicians who pretend to care, who say they're trying to help the poor and the downtrodden, but are actually ignoring them as they revel in the institutional corruption...
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BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Several years of rising poverty in the United States came to a halt in 2011 as more workers found full-time work, but overall household incomes on average continued a decade-long slide and inequality rose further last year, the government said Wednesday. The Census Bureau's annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage surprised analysts, who were projecting another tick up in the poverty rate, given the still-high unemployment rate and significant layoffs last year at local government offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Shan Li
Contrary to popular perception, not all Asian Americans are basking in financial security and working high-income jobs after years of intensive schooling. The official poverty rate of Asian Americans in 2011 actually exceeded that of whites by 2.5 percentage points, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The numbers are even more grim when adjusted for cost-of-living differences between regions. The Economic Policy Institute found that Asian Americans tend to cluster around relatively expensive cities in the Northeast or West.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Bono said during his talk Tuesday at the TED conference in Long Beach that he was asked by TED organizer Chris Anderson to give an overview of the last 10 years of anti-poverty efforts. But the U2 lead singer and international activist was more interested in looking at where these efforts could go in the next two decades with the help of technology and social media.  "I thought, forget the rock opera, forget the bombast, the only thing I would be singing today is the facts," Bono said.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate held at a near-generation-high of 15% last year, while the typical income of American households flattened, according to the Census Bureau. The bureau's annual report on income, poverty and health insurance suggests that the economic wounds from the Great Recession are patched up but the economy still is struggling to return to full health. In one respect, the data released Tuesday could be seen as positive because things seemed to stabilize after the devastating recession.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2009 | Don Lee and Lisa Girion
Showing the scars of the deep recession last year, the nation's poverty level jumped to an 11-year high, household incomes sank and the number of people without health insurance rose slightly to 46.3 million, the government reported today. The Census Bureau said that median household incomes fell 3.6% from 2007 to $50,303 last year. That was the biggest decline since 1991 and represented millions of job cuts by employers in 2008. The ranks of people without medical coverage, which increased from 45.7 million in 2007, were expected to have risen more sharply last year.
OPINION
September 6, 2005
Re "U.S. Poverty Rate Rose Again in 2004," Sept. 1 This is the fourth year in a row that the poverty rate has risen. Is this what "Christian leadership" does for a country? I consider myself a Christian; one who was taught to look after the poor and to give joyfully. It makes me sad that this government uses Jesus to further political aspirations while not following through on his instructions. Don't take my word for it as to how Christians are to treat the poor. Go to the back of the Bible and find the dictionary or concordance and look up "poor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California counties, according to a new analysis announced Monday that upends traditional views of rural and urban hardship by adding factors such as the soaring price of city housing. The measurement, developed by researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2011. The official poverty rate for the county, based on the U.S. Census' 2011 American Community Survey, is 18%. The new analysis set California's poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. Counties such as Placer and Sacramento, with more moderate housing costs, have lower poverty rates than those of metropolitan areas, researchers said.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
WASHINGTON - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan is taking aim at the nation's poverty programs, unveiling an ambitious report Monday that will underpin Republican budget priorities this election year. The former Republican vice presidential nominee is long on criticism of the nearly $800 billion in government spending on more than 90 different poverty programs in 2012 that provided food, housing, education and other assistance for low-income Americans. But the report is short on policy prescriptions, which are coming later from the budget chairman.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had. "This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We shall not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it. " Since LBJ's launch of the War on Poverty, the effort has become a whipping boy on the right and even the left.
OPINION
January 5, 2014 | By Ron Unz
California is home to both Silicon Valley and Hollywood, two of the world's greatest wealth-producing engines, and much of the state enjoys tremendous affluence. By some estimates, my own town of Palo Alto has the world's highest per capita concentration of billionaires. But California also has pockets of enormous poverty. The U.S. Census recently estimated that when both income and living costs are taken into account, 24% of Californians live in poverty, the highest poverty rate of any state.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
An alternative way of measuring poverty shows that nearly 2.8 million more people are struggling across the country than officially calculated, the U.S. Census Bureau reports - and California has by far the biggest share of people in poverty, eclipsing states such as Mississippi and Louisiana. The alternative yardstick, known as the supplemental poverty measure, is different from the official poverty rate in a few key ways: It takes tax credits and other government benefits into account.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California counties, according to a new analysis announced Monday that upends traditional views of rural and urban hardship by adding factors such as the soaring price of city housing. The measurement, developed by researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2011. The official poverty rate for the county, based on the U.S. Census' 2011 American Community Survey, is 18%. The new analysis set California's poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. Counties such as Placer and Sacramento, with more moderate housing costs, have lower poverty rates than those of metropolitan areas, researchers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Sixteen-year-old Mary Sem worries about her family. She has overheard her mother crying over memories of loved ones she lost to the Khmer Rouge. Her father and older sisters struggle to cover rent and the perpetual bills. Her college dreams are hitched to helping them. If Mary got a degree and a good job, "my family would be able to pay the bills on time," the teen said one day after school in Long Beach. "They wouldn't need to worry about anything. " The Sems, who trace their roots to Cambodia, have little in common with the stereotype of Asian Americans as a "model minority" that is faring well economically.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Democratic presidential contender Sen. Joe Lieberman proposed an antipoverty plan Sunday at the historic home of a leader of South Carolina's civil rights movement. The plan calls for expanding special individual savings accounts that match investments dollar for dollar, provided the money is used to buy a home, invest in a small business or pay for education.
NEWS
August 27, 1986 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
The nation's real family income rose 1.3% overall last year--5% for black families--but the poverty rate remained only a breath away from the 1984 figure, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. In 1985, 33.1 million people, or 14%, were impoverished, the bureau said--not statistically different from the 33.7 million in poverty a year earlier, when the rate was 14.4%. "The poor aren't going anywhere," said Isabel Sawhill, an economist at the Urban Institute in Washington.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
New census data released Thursday painted a grim picture of the economic recovery in the United States. Still there were bright spots in California. Poverty levels and household incomes for 2012 remained below 2007 levels in many parts of the country and haven't changed much from the year before. The number of Americans living in poverty -- a record 46.5 million -- remained largely unchanged in 2012.  And the data show that the share of households with incomes below $24,999 stands at 24.4%.
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