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Concentration of Poverty: An Update

April 9, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Americans increasingly live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an analysis released by TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky last December. And now, new data shows high-poverty neighborhoods are getting worse--quickly.

Tags: socioeconomic diversity, poverty rate, paul jargowsky, high poverty neighborhoods, concentrated poverty, census tracts

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in the Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium

By Paul Jargowsky

TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.

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Four Years Into the Recovery, No Improvement in Incomes or Poverty

Image via Flickr user Peter Werkman

October 7, 2013 POST BY: Benjamin Landy TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy, Poverty

Four years into the economic recovery and there has been almost no improvement in either the poverty rate or median household incomes. In fact, both were worse last year than in 2009, when the unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent. That's the takeaway from the latest Census Bureau report on poverty and income, which reveals just how little the soaring stock market and record corporate profits have done to help America's poor and struggling middle class.

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Tags: racial income gap, poverty, median household income, income inequality, income, census

A Top-Down Urban Revolution

TCF fellow Amy Dean for In These Times on whether working people will have a say in the neoliberal metropolis. "The successes in Denver, Houston and other metropolitan regions—where grassroots groups have rewritten top-down blueprints into plans for broad prosperity—show that we not only need growth," Dean writes; "we need growth that supports the expansion of the middle class. We not only need jobs; we need good jobs."

Being Poor Changes Your Thinking About Everything

At Wonkblog, TCF fellow Harold Pollack interviews behavioral economists Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir on their new book Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. In the conversation Pollack points out, "One of the tragedies of unemployment insurance is there's this incredible stigma for being out of the workforce for any length of time. Yet the way the system is structured, you're in the tunnel in the earliest period before the stigma is so apparent to you."

America Isn’t Creating The Jobs Workers Need To Keep Up With The Cost Of Living

TCF fellow Daniel Alpert for Business Insider on the U.S. job creation numbers for August. "Not only was the 152,000 level of private sector job creation below estimates and 'whisper numbers,'" Alpert writes, "but the U.S. once again relied on low-wage jobs (generally 1/3rd of total jobs in the economy) for 57% of total job creation." 

"The economy is not creating jobs that enable workers to hold their own relative to the cost of living."


Workers & Economic Inequality

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