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September 27, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Analysis and OpinionMississippi and Arkansas have the highest poverty rates in the nation (at 21.9% and 18.8%, respectively), and Florida saw the largest increase in poverty (2.8 percentage points) over the course of the recession, new Census data shows.
July 23, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Analysis and OpinionOn each July 24th for the past three years, the federal minimum wage increased by $0.70 per hour. The last step of this three-part increase brought the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour in 2009. One year later, the policy is helping those who need it the most, and the economy overall.
June 21, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Quick TakesOver the past three months, 43 states and Washington, D.C. have experienced job growth, while 37 states and D.C. have seen decreases in their unemployment rates, the most for both of these measures since the recession began.
May 25, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Analysis and OpinionThe American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 would extend unemployment insurance payments though the end of the year and provide an estimated five million unemployed workers with support.
February 25, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Issue BriefMinimum wage increases do not cause part-time job loss.
January 14, 2010 | By Kai Filion | Issue BriefThe nation’s 10% unemployment rate does not capture the severity of the crisis for minority workers in many regions of the country. This Issue brief provides a breakdown of the unemployment projections into 2010 for various demographic groups in every state.
May 28, 2009 | By Kai Filion | Issue BriefEPI’s Issue Brief, A Stealthy Stimulus: How Boosting the Minimum Wage is Helping to Support the Economy, looks at how the three-step increase in the minimum wage is adding billions of dollars to consumer spending and stimulating the economy.
May 27, 2009 | By Kai Filion | Economic SnapshotTwo recent increases in the minimum wage will have generated an estimated $4.9 billion of consumer spending by July 2009.
March 4, 2009 | By Kai Filion | Economic SnapshotEven with the recently passed stimulus package, most states will still have fewer jobs at the end of 2010 than they did before the recession began.