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Income and Poverty
U.S. Poverty Rate Is 12.8% but Varies Significantly by Age Groups
The poverty rate for the nation’s oldest and youngest populations was significantly different than the national rate.
Business and Economy
More Women in Manufacturing Jobs in Every Age Group
In the runup to Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7, we look at the growing role of women in manufacturing.
Families and Living Arrangements
How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation
An updated interactive data tool allows users to explore household composition and expanded age categories of those who received government benefits in 2020.
Income and Poverty
Hardships and Wealth Disparities Across Hispanic Groups
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we analyze new U.S. Census Bureau data that looks at differences in well-being across detailed Hispanic origin groups.
Employment
Trabajadores jóvenes y mayores impulsaron empleos después de María
Primeros Indicadores trimestrales de la fuerza laboral de Puerto Rico publicados hoy proporcionan un perfil demográfico del empleo después del huracán María.
Employment
Youngest and Oldest Workers Drove Job Recovery After Hurricane Maria
The first Quarterly Workforce Indicators for Puerto Rico released today provide a demographic profile of employment after Hurricane Maria.
Education
Who Is Impacted by Student Loan Forgiveness and How?
New Survey of Income and Program Participation data show who has student loan debt and how much they had after the COVID-19 pause in payments.
Employment
Did COVID-19 Change Retirement Timing?
Despite major disruptions in the labor market, the pandemic had a modest impact on peoples’ retirement timing.
Health
Uninsured Rate Declined in 28 States 2019-2021
Today’s release of the 2021 American Community Survey 1-year estimates shows increase in public health coverage in 36 states.
Income and Poverty
2021 Income Inequality Increased for First Time Since 2011
U.S. Census Bureau’s income data released today show widening income inequality from 2020 to 2021.
Income and Poverty
Child Poverty Fell to Record Low 5.2% in 2021
In 2021, child poverty rates measured by Supplemental Poverty Measure were the lowest since 2009 for all race and Hispanic origin categories examined.
Health
Full-Time, Year-Round Workers More Likely to be Uninsured in 2021
The uninsured rate of those who worked less than full time, year-round dropped 1.2 percentage points from 2020 to 2021 as public coverage increased.
Income and Poverty
Government Assistance Lifts 45.4 Million Out of Poverty in 2021
The 2021 U.S. official poverty rate of 11.6% was not statistically different from 2020 but the Supplemental Poverty Measure at 7.8% was lowest on record.
Health
Uninsured Rate of U.S. Children Fell to 5.0% in 2021
A 1.2 percentage point increase in Medicaid and CHIP coverage drove drop in children’s uninsured rate between 2020 and 2021.
Families and Living Arrangements
Does Marrying Younger Mean Marrying More Often?
The age at first marriage can affect the number of times you get married.
Population
Who Has Retirement Accounts?
The Survey of Income and Program Participation shows how many people are saving for retirement.
Education
Census Bureau’s 2022 Back-to-School Guide for Teachers
Teachers can turn lessons into real-world connections in the classroom with help from Statistics in Schools.
Industry
Manufacturing Pay, Job Prospects Increase With Industry "Credential"
Workers credentialed through industry-supported training and assessment programs earned more than peers, even without a college degree.
Business and Economy
Revenues for Home Care, Elderly Services Increase as Nation Ages
Service Annual Survey shows revenue increased in select service industries from 2013 to 2020.
Income and Poverty
Wealth Inequality in the U.S. by Household Type
Census data show persistent inequalities in household wealth in 2019: 38.7% of households did not own a home, and 41.2% did not have a retirement account.
Employment
How Food Service, Transportation Workers Fared Before Pandemic
A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that people in some occupations hard hit during the pandemic had low earnings and benefits even before COVID-19.
Population
Children Continue to be More Involved in Some Extracurricular Activities
New U.S. Census Bureau historical tables show both girls and boys are taking more lessons and playing more sports than in 1998.
Population
There’s No Place Like (Close to) Home
New research shows where people move as young adults. Eight in 10 live within 100 miles of where they grew up.
Education
Teachers Are Among Most Educated, Yet Their Pay Lags
New U.S. Census Bureau data visualization shows median earnings for elementary, middle school and high school teachers by educational attainment, sex and age.
Population
A State’s Median Age Does Not Tell The Whole Story
County population estimates provide characteristics by age, sex, race and ethnicity. A new visualization shows variation between states and counties.
Families and Living Arrangements
Marriage Prevalence for Black Adults Varies by State
While the United States as a whole saw a 1.9 percentage-point decrease in married Black adults, four states experienced a significant increase.
Families and Living Arrangements
Most Kids With Parent in Same-Sex Relationship Live With Female Couple
Children whose parent was in a same-sex relationship in 2019 were more likely to be adopted than those living with a parent in an opposite-sex relationship.
Government
How Did CARES Act Funding Impact State Revenues, Spending?
The 2020 Annual Survey of State Government Finances captures only three months of the CARES Act funding to state governments but it already shows major impacts.
Population
More Than One Million Americans Report Ukrainian Ancestry
Census Bureau data provide a demographic and socioeconomic portrait of people born in Ukraine and those who report Ukrainian ancestry.
Employment
Do Young Workers Still Have Summer Jobs?
As the school year ends, the prospect of summer jobs for youths rises but there’s been a declining overall trend in young people working during summer months.
Population
Fewer Younger Adults Drives Population Loss in Some U.S. Cities
Why did some cities lose population in 2021? Population estimates by characteristics released today provide some answers.
Employment
Knowing Your Job and Earnings Prospects by College and Degree
The U.S. Census Bureau Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes tool has expanded to provide earnings prospects for graduates of 660 schools by field of study.
Business and Economy
Business Trends and Outlook Survey: New Light on Business Health
The new BTOS will provide continuous data across geography, business sector, and business size.
Housing
A House Tour by the Numbers
In recognition of American Housing Month and National Homeownership Month, we highlight U.S. Census Bureau data and tools on housing and construction.
Population
LGBT Adults Report Anxiety, Depression During Pandemic
The Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey provides insight into the mental health and well-being of the LGBT population during COVID-19.
Business and Economy
Internet Crushes Traditional Media: From Print to Digital
Latest Census Bureau Service Annual Survey shows decline in revenue for Newspaper, Magazine and Video Tape/Disc Rental Industries.

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