Current Population Survey (CPS)
A joint effort between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau
(4) In an effort to expedite the release of alternative income and poverty estimates,
capital gains and losses were not estimated for 2008 or 2009.
(5) Government nonmeans-tested income includes social security, unemployment compensation,
workers' compensation, veterans' payments other than pensions, government
retirement/survivor pensions and annuities, government disability pensions,
governmental educational assistance and economic stimulus payments.
For 2009, government nonmeans-tested income does not include Economic Recovery
Payments. The impact of these payments can be seen by comparing the results in
the final two columns (1b and 1c). For 2008, the economic stimulus payments are
included with nonmeans-tested government cash transfers even though they began
to phase out for single filers with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) over $75,000
and joint filers with AGI over $150,000.
(6) Economic Recovery Payments were assigned to all persons who received benefits from
the Social Security Administration, disabled veterans receiving benefits from the
Department of Veterans Affairs and those receiving benefits from the Railroad
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Last revised: December 29, 2010