Labor & Economic News Blog
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Muslims Facing Discrimination at WorkMuslims Facing Discrimination at Work
Though Muslims are less than 2 percent of the United States population, they accounted for about one-quarter of the religious discrimination claims filed by workers.
Monday, September 20, 2010
For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working AgainFor the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again
Of the 14.9 million unemployed, more than 2.2 million are 55 or older. Nearly half of them have been unemployed six months or longer, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate in the group — 7.3 percent — is at a record, more than double what it was at the beginning of the latest recession.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income in the United States in 2009 was $49,777, not statistically different from the 2008 median. The nation's official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008 — the second statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004. There were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase. Meanwhile, the number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009, while the percentage increased from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent over the same period. These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009. The following results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC):