September 19, 2014: Politico's Morning Education announces:
CHILD POVERTY IMPROVES, BUT 1 IN 5 STILL POOR: The U.S. Census Bureau released data Tuesday on income and poverty in 2013. Advocates are pleased because there was a larger than anticipated decline in the overall child poverty rate, which fell from about 22% in 2012 to 20% in 2013.
"We've come back from the depths of the recession, but it's still very high," Hannah Matthews, director of the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP, told Morning Education.
Families' circumstances have improved, but not evenly across the board. Poverty rates fell for white and Hispanic children, but increased slightly for black children. More than two thirds of children living in poverty have a parent that works and 30% have a parent that works year-round. The data: http://1.usa.gov/1m8g3KC More info from CLASP:http://bit.ly/1mckqE2
From today's New York Times:
...Over all, the [Census Bureau] bureau said, 14.5% of Americans were living in poverty last year, down from 15% in 2012.
Charles T. Nelson, a Census Bureau official, said the decline in the poverty rate resulted partly from an increase in the number of people working full time year-round. In particular, he said, the numbers show an increase in employment and earnings for parents with dependent children...
The bureau estimated that 45.3 million people were living below the poverty level in 2013. This was not a statistically significant change from the estimate for 2012, the bureau said in its annual report on income and poverty.
Poverty thresholds vary with the size and composition of a family. A family of four was classified as poor if its income was less than $23,830 last year...