Incomes up, poverty down

Incomes up, poverty down

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The share of people without health insurance dropped to 8.8 percent from 9.1 percent in 2015, though 28.1 million people remained uninsured in 2016. Without considering cost-of-living, California ranks 16th in the country, with an "official" poverty rate of 14.5 percent, just slightly over the national average.

But Chuck DeVore of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative group in Austin, said that California, a populous, diverse state like Texas, has seen its Medicaid expansion usher in a host of problems. At first blush, that sounds like a positive, until you start to look at the other numbers.

Every time a job comes here, especially those with higher wages, other places will have to increase their wages to compete with those highly-skilled workers, he said.

MCEVERS: And we're talking about, though, this improvement in the year 2016.

The lower incomes have stood out for years in Syracuse, where a 2015 study by a Rutgers University professor found the city has the nation's highest rate of extreme poverty concentrated among blacks and Hispanics.

American incomes rose significantly for a second year in a row in 2016, bouncing back after the lost decade that followed the last recession. Some 40.6 million of people were in poverty previous year, 2.5 million fewer than in 2015.

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(3) Earnings among male workers still lag more than a percentage point behind their 2007 level.

The median annual income for those living in the South was $51,174 in 2015, a 2.9 percent increase from 2014. It's a disparity that still translates to about $10,000 less in median earnings for women compared with men, and it has held mostly steady for several years.

MCEVERS: The census also reports that poverty declined past year, as I said. They are in the process of setting up an online tool to make this information readily available.

The Census Bureau also released its Supplemental Poverty Measure, which takes into account government assistance and certain expenses not factored into the official poverty rate.

What really matters for Americans is that incomes aren't only going up, they're also outpacing inflation. Supplements are added in most months; the Annual Social and Economic Supplement questionnaire is created to give annual, national estimates of income, poverty and health insurance numbers and rates. Resource-rich parts of that province posted above-average gains in income; areas with higher-than-average growth in seniors or manufacturing bases were left behind. Latinos had a poverty rate of 17.2 percent and median income of $51,706. The share of Americans living in poverty also declined.

"Upstate New York is definitely the hot spot for this trend", said Tom Hirschl, co-author of the 2014 book, "Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes".

In hard-hit Windsor, Ont., the child poverty rate topped out at 24 per cent, the highest of any Canadian municipality, as a result of a deep and persistent decline in the manufacturing sector.