Reports: Economic profiles and data

Inequality in annual earnings worsens in 2021
Economic Policy Institute, December 2022
This report examines the evidence surrounding wage inequality, finding that annual wages rose fastest for the top 1% of earners in 2021, while those in the bottom 90% saw their real earnings fall 0.2%. It looks at how this growing inequality is the result of decades of policy decisions related to factors such as unemployment rates, minimum wage, and workers' rights.   more info >

Child Tax Credit Options for Reducing Child Poverty
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy, November 2022, 3 pp.
One of a series of reports presents state Child Tax Credit options that would reduce state child poverty rates when coupled with existing federal law.   more info >

How States Fared on Racial and Economic Inequality During the Pandemic
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Economic Policy Institute, September 2022, 1 pp.
Explores national and state trends in poverty rates and median household income from 2019 to 2021.   more info >

Income in the United States: 2021
United States Census Bureau, September 2022, 64 pp.
This report presents estimates on income, earnings, and inequality in the United States for calendar year 2021 based on information collected in the 2022 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.   more info >

Lessons from a Historic Decline in Child Poverty: Indicators on Children and Youth
Child Trends Data Bank, September 2022, 100 pp.
Describes the decline in child poverty in the past quarter century, looking particularly at the influence of federal anti-poverty programs on poverty and root causes of poverty among families with children.   more info >

Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, June 2022, 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 >

State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
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 >

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 2022, 100 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 >

The Economic, Educational, and Health-Related Costs of Being a Woman
Center for American Progress, March 2022, 5 pp.
Discusses how from the gender wage gap to gender-based pricing, the cost of being a woman in America is integrated into economic, health, and education systems and requires a multi-pronged policy approach to address   more info >

Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2020
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, November 2021, 20 pp.
National profile of personal income by county.   more info >

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 >

New Data Show One-in-Six Children Were Poor Before COVID-19 Pandemic
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, September 2020, 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).   more info >

New Data Show One-in-Six Children Were Poor Before COVID-19 Pandemic
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, September 2020, 1 pp.
This research brief describes a decrease in child poverty rates between 2018 and 2019, based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS).   more info >

Chart Book: Economic Security and Health Insurance Programs Reduce Poverty and Provide Access to Needed Care
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 2019, 28 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty and access to health care through economic security programs over the last 50 years, finding long-term positive effects in areas such as child poverty reduction and uninsured rates.   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 >

State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018
Brookings Institute, November 2018, 110 pp.
This report benchmarks the performance of the 19-state American “Heartland” on 26 socioeconomic measures and is intended to help Heartland leaders and citizens better comprehend the region’s current trajectory at a time of rapid economic and social change.   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’s Experience with Parental Employment Insecurity and Family Income Inequality
Foundation for Child Development, February 2017, 20 pp.
Uses an Index of Parental Employment Insecurity to provide a more accurate picture of the economic health of families and reveal income insecurity among middle- and low-income parents.   more info >

Poverty in the United States: 50-Year Trends and Safety Net Impacts
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2016, 47 pp.
This report provides a statistical portrait of progress in the reduction of poverty and economic hardship over the past five decades, examining official, supplemental, and alternative poverty measures to highlights shifts in poverty rates and trends.   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 >

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 >

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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