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Press Kit: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance and Supplemental Poverty Measure

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Annual release of national-level income, poverty and health insurance coverage statistics. The reports will include statistics for calendar year 2017 and compare trends with previous years.

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Online News Conference – Sept. 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. (EDT)

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Soundbites

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1) Trends in Income

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"In 2017, you see that median household income went up by 1.8 percent, whereas median earnings of full-time, year-round workers declined by 1.1 percent for both men and women."

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"En 2017, hubo un aumento en la mediana de ingresos de los hogares de 1.8 por ciento, mientras que hubo un descenso de 1.1 por ciento en la mediana de ingresos de trabajadores que trabajan tiempo completo, todo el año para hombres y mujeres."

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2) Men’s and Women’s Earnings

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Over the last 3 years, median earnings for all male workers increased by 5.4 percent and for all female workers, it increased 7.4 percent. However, there is not a trend in either male or female earnings, as neither has seen consistent year-to-year increases. The changes are statistically different between genders."

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"En los últimos 3 años, la mediana de ingresos para todos los hombres trabajadores aumentó 5.4 por ciento y para todas las mujeres trabajadoras, aumentó 7.4 por ciento. Sin embargo, no hay una tendencia en los ingresos de hombres o mujeres, ya que ninguno ha visto incrementos constantes de un año a otro. Los cambios son estadísticamente diferentes entre sexos."

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3) Official Poverty Rate for 2017

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Attribute to: Ashley Edwards, Branch Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"In 2017, the official national poverty rate was 12.3 percent. This reflects a decline of 0.4 percentage points from 2016. This is the third consecutive decline in the national poverty rate, and since 2014, the national poverty rate has declined 2.5 percentage points."

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"La tasa de pobreza oficial en 2017 fue 12.3 por ciento. Esto refleja una baja de 0.4 puntos porcentuales del 2016.  Este es el tercer año consecutivo que hubo un descenso en la pobreza. Desde el 2014, la tasa de pobreza nacional ha disminuido 2.5 puntos porcentuales."

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4) Poverty Rate for Bachelor Degree Holders

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Attribute to: Ashley Edwards, Branch Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"The only population to have experienced an increase in poverty rates from 2016 to 2017 were individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree. This population saw an increase in poverty from 2016 to 2017, although they’ve remained among the lowest poverty rates by educational attainment."

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Attribute to: Gloria Guzman, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Entre 2016 y 2017, personas con al menos un título universitario de bachiller fueron el único grupo que tuvo un aumento en la tasa de pobreza o el número de personas que vivían en la pobreza. Entre los grupos de logros educativos, personas con al menos de un título de bachiller tuvieron las tasas de pobreza más bajas en 2017."

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5) Changes to the Uninsured Rate from 2016 to 2017

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Attribute to: Edward Berchick, Demographer, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"8.8 percent of the U.S. population, or about 28.5 million people, lacked health insurance for the entirety of 2017. 2016 to 2017, there was no statistical change in the uninsured rate."

 

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Attribute to: Adriana Hernandez-Viver, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"El porcentaje de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico para todo el año calendario de 2017 fue 8.8 por ciento, o 28.5 millones. De 2016 a 2017, no hubo un cambio estadístico en la tasa de personas sin seguro médico."

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6) Where the Uninsured Rate Changed in 2017

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Attribute to: Edward Berchick, Demographer, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Between 2016 and 2017, we saw that the uninsured rate decreased in three states, and it increased in 14 states. This was the first time since 2013 that we saw an increase in any state."

 

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Attribute to: Adriana Hernandez-Viver, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Entre 2016 y 2017, hubo un descenso en el porcentaje de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico en tres estados y aumentó en 14 estados. Esta fue la primera vez desde el 2013 que hubo un aumento en cualquier estado."

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7) What’s in the Supplemental Poverty Measure

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Attribute to: Liana Fox, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"The supplemental poverty measure, unlike the official poverty measure, includes the value of non-cash benefits. Non-cash benefits can be received in the form of actual in-kind benefits, or they could be reductions in the cost of items that they’ve purchased."

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Attribute to: Adriana Hernandez-Viver, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"La medida suplementaria de pobreza es diferente a la tasa de pobreza oficial, por qué toma en cuenta el valor de los beneficios no monetarios. Los beneficios no monetarios se pueden recibir en forma de beneficios reales en especie, o pueden ser reducciones en el costo de los artículos que han comprado."

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8) Changes Between the SPM and Official Poverty Rate

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Attribute to: Liana Fox, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"In 2017, we saw the largest widening between the official poverty measure and the supplemental poverty measure, with the gap being 1.6 percentage points."

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Attribute to: Adriana Hernandez-Viver, Statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"En 2017, vimos que hubo un aumento de 1.6 puntos porcentuales de la brecha entre la medida de pobreza oficial y la medida de pobreza suplementaria."

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