Gearing Up for Tomorrow’s Census Data Release
The Census Bureau tomorrow will release its findings on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage in America for 2011. Over the past week, we’ve issued several preview pieces to help readers understand what the data may say:
- The Census Bureau’s Upcoming Report on Health Insurance Coverage in 2011: What to Watch For: Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years.
- What to Look for in Wednesday’s Poverty Data — And What the Official Data Won’t Tell Us: Poverty could rise again; if it does, it will have risen significantly in eight of the last 11 years. Such an increase in 2011 would continue a trend that began with the recession of 2001, continued through the last economic expansion (an unusual development since poverty usually declines during economic recoveries), and accelerated after 2007 due to the Great Recession.
- Declines in Unemployment Benefits and Government Employment Shaped Poverty Trends in 2011, Preliminary Data Suggest: This paper takes a closer look at the different, monthly Census data set that attributes growth in poverty in 2011 to a reduction in unemployment insurance benefits and a decline in public-sector jobs, particularly among state and local government workers.