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Pandemic hardship is about to get a lot worse for millions of out-of-work Americans purpose

Sep. 7, 2021 1:46 pm

Pandemic hardship is about to get a lot worse for millions of out-of-work Americans

Nearly a third of those currently unemployed come from three sectors of the economy: health care and social assistance; accommodation and food services; and retail trade.
Safety net policies are helping reduce the number of Americans below the poverty line – but that’s not the whole story purpose

Aug. 24, 2021 2:58 pm

Safety net policies are helping reduce the number of Americans below the poverty line – but that’s not the whole story

A reason to not get too excited about a lower 2020 poverty rate is that the share of Americans experiencing food insecurity rose to an estimated 13.9% in 2020 from 10.9% in 2019, says guest columnist Elena Delavega.
Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the US hasn’t changed how it measures it purpose

Jul. 12, 2021 12:53 pm

Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the US hasn’t changed how it measures it

Many Americans in the past have been rudely surprised at just how inadequate America’s safety net is, at least in part because it’s based on outdated federal poverty thresholds, says guest columnist Mark Rank.

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