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News from EPI By the numbers: 2010 income, poverty, and health insurance coverage

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Contact:
Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, news@epi.org 202-775-8810

From Working Economics, the new EPI blog:

By the numbers: 2010 income, poverty, and health insurance coverage

by Elise Gould, Heidi Shierholz, Hilary Wething and Nicholas Finio

This morning’s release by the U.S. Census Bureau of the 2010 data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage is yet another reminder of the real and human consequences of the Great Recession and its aftermath.  A first take:

Poverty

15.1%: The share of the population in poverty in 2010
22.0%:
The percent of children under 18 in poverty
46.2 million:
The number of people in poverty in 2010
$22,113:
The poverty threshold for a family of four
3.2 million:
The number of people kept out of poverty by unemployment insurance
20.3 million:
The number of people kept out of poverty by Social Security

Income

-11.3%, -6.6%, -4.5%: The change in family income between 2007 and 2010 for the bottom 20 percent, middle 20 percent, and the top 20 percent, respectively
$6,298:
The decline in median working-age household income from 2000 to 2010
$5,494:
The decline in median African-American household income from 2000 to 2010
$4,235:
The decline in median Hispanic household income from 2000 to 2010

Health insurance coverage

49.1 million: The number of people under 65 without any health insurance
13.6 million:
The decline in the number of people under 65 with employer-sponsored health insurance from 2000-2010
10.5%:
The decline in the share of the under 65 population with employer-sponsored health insurance from 2000-2010


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