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Poverty & Economic Mobility

ASPE releases the annual U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are used to determine financial eligibility for some Federal programs. Presented here are the poverty lines for every State and the District of Columbia. You will also find extensive resources on poverty estimates, trends, and analysis, plus historical information on poverty and the Guidelines. More broadly, this section also encompasses issues like poverty and income dynamics, and asset building and financial literacy.


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Information on Poverty and Income Statistics: A Summary of 2011 Current Population Survey Data

September 12, 2011
This brief summarizes information on income and poverty in 2010, based on data released by the Census Bureau. Cited statistics include median household income in 2010, the number and rate of all persons in poverty, children in poverty, all persons and children under 50% of the poverty threshold, and African-American and Hispanic children in poverty from 2000 to 2010.

Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and TANF

May 29, 2011
Submitted to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Report Prepared by: Pamela Loprest and Austin Nichols The Urban Institute

Low-Income Single Mothers Disconnected from Work and Public Assistance

March 23, 2011
This ASPE Research Brief presents information on trends in the rate of being disconnected from both work and public assistance, and the characteristics of the disconnected group compared to all low-income single mothers. The data are from a project examining the characteristics and experiences of low-income single mothers who are not working or receiving public assistance. [6 PDF pages]

Toward a Social Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Programs to Expand Supported Employment Services: An Interpretive Review of the Literature

December 30, 2010
Unlike traditional vocational rehabilitation programs that provide extensive training prior to job placement, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment (SE) focuses on placing individuals in jobs then tailoring post-placement training and support to the needs of the job.

Consumer Education Initiatives in Financial and Health Literacy

December 5, 2010
This report summarizes findings from a review of literature about health literacy and financial education and from interviews with persons involved in initiatives in these areas, primarily federal personnel. It also highlights areas of commonality between financial and health literacy, and suggests ways each field can learn from the other. [75 PDF pages report; 59 PDF pages appendices]

Employment Patterns Among Persons with Children During the Recession

August 30, 2010
  ASPE RESEARCH BRIEF Employment Patterns Among Persons with Children During the Recession[1] August 2010