Reports: Economic profiles and data

The Path to Rural Resilience in America
Economic Policy Institute, September 2020, 35 pp.
This report examines changing economic and environmental trends in rural communities, and suggests policy actions to further economic growth and create high-quality, sustainable jobs.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, August 2020
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2019, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors.   more info >

Concentrated Poverty Increased in Both Rural and Urban Areas Since 2000, Reversing Declines in the 1990s
Carsey School of Public Policy, November 2017, 4 pp.
The share of rural counties with poverty rates of 20 percent or more increased from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 32.5 percent from 2000 to 2013, while high-poverty urban counties increased from 6.7 to 15.6 percent. The share of the population living in these high-poverty counties nearly doubled in both rural and urban areas during this period.   more info >

Children in Poverty: Indicators on Children and Youth
Child Trends Data Bank, September 2017, 17 pp.
Describes trends in child poverty with particular emphasis on differences by age, race and Hispanic origin, and family structure.   more info >

Local Area Personal Income: 2015
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, November 2016, 23 pp.
National profile of personal income by county.   more info >

What is the Gender Pay Gap and is it Real?
Economic Policy Institute, October 2016
This report examines the evidence surrounding the gender pay gap. It explains the different ways the gap is measured and then provides an analysis based on national and regional surveys of wages, educational attainment, and occupational employment.   more info >

Overall Declines in Child Poverty Mask Relatively Stable Rates Across States
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, August 2016, 4 pp.
This research brief describes a decrease in child poverty rates between 2014 and 2015, based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS).   more info >

North Dakota Children Benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit
North Dakota Kids Count, March 2016, 2 pp.
Details the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit in North Dakota by county.   more info >

2014 Data Indicate That Four in Ten Children Live in Low-Income Families
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, December 2015, 8 pp.
This brief uses American Community Survey data to explore child poverty rates across the United States by region, state, and place type (rural, suburban, and city). It includes information on children who are deeply poor (in families with incomes below half of the poverty line) as well as on low-income children.   more info >

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 2015, 108 pp.
Report on the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which includes modules on topics such as credit access and behaviors, savings, retirement, economic fragility, and education and student loans.   more info >

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013
United States Census Bureau, September 2014
This report presents data on income and poverty coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, February 2014, 2 pp.
National and individual state data on the number of residents receiving Social Security and its impacts on individuals and the economy.   more info >

Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 2014, 8 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty over the last 50 years, including among the elderly and children.   more info >

Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective
National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014, 8 pp.
Explores selected family demographic characteristics and their association with financial burdens of medical care.   more info >

America's Children in Poverty: A New Look at Who's Poor Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 2013, 23 pp.
Examines child poverty using two poverty measures and explores how the different measures enhance understanding of child poverty.   more info >

Pulling apart: State-by-state analysis of income trends
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Economic Policy Institute, November 2012, 70 pp.
This state-by-state look at income finds that inequality has grown in most parts of the country since the late 1970s.   more info >

Over Sixteen Million Children in Poverty in 2011
The Carsey Institute, September 2012, 8 pp.
Child poverty data from the American Community Survey. Data are presented for the United States, regions, and states.   more info >

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010, 20 pp.
Presents social and economic data from the American Community Survey.   more info >

A Woman's Nation Changes Everything
Center for American Progress, October 2009, 454 pp.
Discusses how a workforce comprised of half women changes many aspects of the nation.   more info >

Web sites

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more.   more info >
Presents measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis for states, counties, large cities, and metropolitan areas.   more info >

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