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Greenstein on Today’s Census Figures

September 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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CBPP

We’ve released a statement on the new Census figures on poverty, incomes, and health insurance.  Here’s the opening:

Today’s Census data contained the good, the fair, and the ugly.  The good news is that the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 1.3 million and the share of Americans without insurance fell by more than in any year since 1999; the fair news is that the poverty rate stayed flat after rising in the previous three years and seven of the previous 10; and the ugly news is that median household income fell by 1.5 percent after adjusting for inflation while income inequality widened significantly.

Click here for the full statement.