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Media Advisory — Census Bureau to Release Supplemental Poverty Measure Research

On Monday, Nov. 7, the U.S. Census Bureau will release research on a supplemental poverty measure that complements, but does not replace, the nation's official poverty measure.

Census Bureau subject matter experts will host a technical webinar Friday, Nov. 4 in advance of the release to provide background into the development of the supplemental measure as well as the methodology used.

The Census Bureau developed the supplemental poverty measure after years of research and collaboration with other organizations including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Sciences. The supplemental measure is designed to reflect contemporary social and economic realities and further our understanding of economic conditions and trends.

Details about the two events follow:

Technical Webinar


The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Reporters will have the opportunity to ask questions after completion of the presentation. The webinar focuses on the technical issues surrounding the development of the measure; the research results will be presented and posted online Monday, Nov. 7 (see below).


Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. EDT


Kathleen Short, research economist, U.S. Census Bureau
Thesia Garner, research economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Audio conference ― access information
Toll free number: 888-994-3819
Passcode: CENSUS

Online presentation ― access information
Please login early, as some setup is required.

URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
Conference/meeting number: PW9176213
Conference/meeting passcode: CENSUS
Note: Stay on the line until operator asks for the passcode. Do not key in passcode.

If closed captioning is required:
URL: <http://livewrite.nccsite.com/view/cb1104>

Seminar and Release of Supplemental Poverty Measure Research


The Census Bureau will release a report on its supplemental poverty measure research results at a seminar co-sponsored with the Brookings Institution's Center on Children and Families. Following the presentation on the findings, the Census Bureau's subject matter expert will be available to answer questions from the media. The research report will be posted on the Census Bureau website at the beginning of the presentation.


Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
Presentation: 8:30 to 9 a.m. EST
Q&A session: 9 to 9:30 a.m. EST


Kathleen Short, research economist, U.S. Census Bureau


Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Presentation: Falk Auditorium
Q&A session: Johnson Room (adjacent to auditorium)

Directions to Brookings can be found at


Reporters planning to attend should contact D.J. Nordquist of Brookings at


Reporters who cannot attend, but wish to listen to the presentation, may do so by calling 1-800-747-5150. Use the following passcode: 7976069. They will not have the opportunity to ask questions.

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