September 22, 2011 |
MORE Philadelphians are living in poverty today than a decade ago, and the city's median household income has plummeted, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates being released today. This comes even as there are more city residents who have their high-school diploma or GED, and more who have a bachelor's degree. The rise in poverty and the drop in income are especially stark among the city's African-American residents. The new estimates tell "us that Philadelphia is a pretty harsh place to grow up," said Mariana Chilton, a professor at Drexel University's School of Public Health and a national expert on hunger.
August 27, 2004 |
Economic changes rippled across the region in the last three years, reining in growth in Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties while boosting Delaware County and South Jersey, new census data show. Philadelphia, still the troubled economic heart of the region, managed to improve its national standing in median household income - but not in poverty. Median household income across the region remained essentially flat at $50,050, while poverty rose 9 percent, leaving a new picture of economic health in some suburbs like Chester County.
January 28, 1992 |
Some offbeat statistics compiled by the staff of Harper's magazine: Percentage increase, during 1991, in the number of New Hampshire residents receiving food stamps: 47. Average attendance at the largest rally held by each Democratic candidate in New Hampshire last November: 350. Number of people who attended a Ralph Nader rally in Nashua, N.H., in November: 600. Number of times Bill Clinton used the term "middle class" in the...
December 15, 2010 |
Growing up in Jenkintown in the 1970s, Kate Pettit could easily cross Old York Road, from her mother's fabric store to a friend's house, on foot. Those days, however, are gone. Mom-and-pop shops like her mother's have been replaced by big-box retailers. And Jenkintown's main street has turned into a traffic-clogged artery better known as Route 611. "A customer was in here just this morning saying she felt like she lived in the city," said Pettit, who manages a toy store in downtown Jenkintown.
December 7, 2015 |
About 1 p.m. each day, the job-search app on Jennifer Brestle's Samsung Galaxy sends her an alert. "Every day, there's a little bit of hope," the Voorhees resident said. Since Sept. 30, when she lost her job at CVS after 21 years, Brestle has been looking. And looking. "I've had a couple offers, but they were nowhere near the money I was making," Brestle, 41, said. "Not even close. I couldn't even pay my rent. " Across South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the nation, people such as Jennifer Brestle are the faces of an economic recovery that for many, despite encouraging job-growth reports, has been little more than a hollow promise.
August 31, 2005 |
Gaps in wealth widened across the Philadelphia region last year, leaving Philadelphia among the nation's poorest counties and Chester, Burlington and Bucks among its richest, the Census Bureau said yesterday. The Dickensian disparity indicated that economic recovery has been very spotty following the 2000-02 recession. Nationwide between 2003 and 2004, poverty worsened from 12.5 percent to 12.7 percent. Median household income was essentially flat at $44,684, the second consecutive year it showed no change, officials said.
August 29, 2007 |
The national poverty rate fell slightly last year, its first decline in a decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released yesterday. Yet while the median household income rose, it remained below 1999 levels in terms of buying power, and real wages fell for a third straight year. "I'm putting in longer and longer hours, and I'm looking for a second part-time job," said Donna Waldemarra, 44, of Newtonville, N.J., who works as a receptionist at a car dealership. "It's very tight.
October 6, 1995 |
The poverty rate fell in 1994 for the first time in four years, the Census Bureau reported yesterday, but median income remained stuck - a sign that gains from a surging economy are not getting through to all middle-class households. The Census Bureau also found that nearly one in seven Americans - 39.7 million people - lacked health insurance in 1994, about the same as the previous year. Single mothers and black families gained ground in 1994, but full-time workers and single people living alone fell behind economically.
August 23, 1992 |
Montgomery County residents can take comfort in the fact that they still live in the richest county in the state. According to figures released by the county planning staff last week, per capita income in the county climbed by more than 34 percent, adjusting for inflation, during the 1980s, from $9,727 in 1979 to $21,990 in 1989. The next closest county is Chester, with a per capita income of $20,601 - a 40 percent increase, again adjusting for inflation, over its 1979 figure of $8,763.
March 15, 2013 |
The corridor between the Delaware River and the Amtrak rail lines should be the focus of Delaware County's development efforts in the next 10 years, officials of a county-retained planning firm told County Council members Wednesday. Council Chairman Thomas McGarrigle agreed, noting the recent loss of oil-refinery jobs in that corridor. Theresa K. Sparacino, vice president of the Delta Development Group of Mechanicsburg, Pa., speaking to council members and an audience of civic leaders, went further, offering a menu of the county's promising demographics.