Sunday, December 25, 2011

New US Poverty Figures Misinterpreted

It appears that the new poverty figures released by the US Census Bureau were not interpreted correctly by many journalists.  The declaration of 50% of US in poverty may be a bit exaggerated.

"Recently, the U.S Census Bureau released a report that creates a new designation of “low income” in order to “better reflect the distribution of poverty in the US.”  The Associated Press ran with a headline, “Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income ,” and scores of other media outlets followed suit...But analysts at the U.S. Census Bureau district office in Los Angeles are reporting today that perhaps journalists misunderstood. and over 300 online news reports simply got the story wrong..."


Rose said...

There are new poor now - displaced workers in their fifties and beyond that are getting the boot at work and finding a lot time making their way elsewhere.

Rose said...

There is a new group of people who are poor:displaced workers in their fifties who get the boot and then can't get jobs easily.