Poverty in the United States

On September 19, 2013, in Diversity, Labor, Social Issues, by editor2

Urban Institute. September 17, 2013.

Poverty rates were largely unchanged in 2012, remaining at high levels since the Great Recession, though unemployment rates have fallen. Child poverty rates have remained high, and racial and ethnic gaps and differences by family structure remain large. [Note: contains copyrighted material
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Migration Policy Institute. June 2013.

Low-income immigrant children are less likely than their US-born counterparts to see a doctor — even when they are insured. Similarly, immigrant adults are less likely to use emergency rooms than low-income natives, according to analysis of Current Population Survey and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data. The report, which examines health care coverage and usage among immigrants and the US born, finds that 44 percent of noncitizen immigrants in the United States are uninsured, compared to 13 percent of native-born citizens. [Note: contains copyrighted material]

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/COI-HealthCare.pdf [PDF format, 24 pages].

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The Urban Institute. May 7, 2013.

Considerable research attention has been devoted to low-income mothers disconnected from both work and welfare. The paper synthesizes research findings to show that many of the circumstances disconnected mothers face pose major risks to children’s development and potentially serious consequences for children. It describes potential interventions to help disconnected families by increasing and stabilizing family income, enhancing parenting skills, supporting children directly, and reaching out to disconnected mothers who are not citizens. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412815-Disconnected-Mothers-and-the-Well-Being-of-Children.pdf [PDF format, 51 pages].

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U.S. Census Bureau. May 2013.

As of 2011, 62 percent of women age 20 to 24 who gave birth in the previous 12 months were unmarried, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. This compares with 17 percent among women age 35 to 39.

http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-21.pdf [PDF format, 10 pages].

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Urban Institute. March 25, 2013.

The brief examines unemployment from a child’s perspective, reporting that 6.2 million children lived in families with unemployed parents in 2012. Many of these children live with parents who have been out of work six month or longer. Unemployment insurance covers only 36 percent of children with unemployed parents; unemployed parents are more likely to receive SNAP benefits than UI benefits. The brief provides estimates of children affected by unemployment by state and metropolitan area, considers the effects of parental job loss on child development, and reviews policies affecting the safety net for children of the unemployed. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/1001671-Unemployment-from-a-Childs-Perspective.pdf [PDF format, 21 pages].