Tomorrow the US Census Bureau will release data detailing poverty in America during 2010. Most of us working in the field have a feeling that the data is not going to look good. The continued effects of the recession such as a poor job market, the mortgage crisis, and cutbacks in state and federal funding are increasing the strain on families already living in poverty and causing an increasing number of families who live just above the poverty level to reach the tipping point. On their blog Off the Charts, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides two briefs to prepare us for the release of 2010 poverty data from the Census Bureau on September 13.
The first, “Making Sense of Next Week’s Poverty Data,” lists five points to keep in mind when looking through the new data:
- Poverty may increase.
- “Deep poverty” could hit a record high
- Poverty is unlikely to improve in 2011, and it might remain high for a while
- Cutbacks at the state level and the expiration recession benefits in conjunction with the coming cuts to discretionary spending at the federal level are placing a drag on the economy
- Government assistance (unemployment insurance and SNAP) have kept the poverty rate from climbing higher.
This graphic from the second brief, “Why the Upcoming Poverty Numbers Matter,” shows what living below the poverty line means to families with children.
More to come on 2010 poverty data later this week.