January 14, 2016
By Claire Grandison and Jamie Gullen While the recent news that our national unemployment rate has fallen to around 5 percent is cause for optimism, a troubling trend should not be overlooked: the persistently high youth unemployment rate. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for youths aged 16 to 19 is 16 percent, more than triple the national average. For African American youths, the number is 24 percent. Although the youth unemployment rate remains consistently high, it is often written off. Some people believe that young people are merely seeking employment to supplement a comfortable family income, occupy time over a languid summer, or gain experience for a college application.
November 30, 2000 |
In an irony of the economic boom, a drop in the poverty rate in Philadelphia's schools and an increased rate in some suburban districts are raising bittersweet concerns about the effect on federal education aid. Fresh estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau being released today show that the percentage of Philadelphia school-age children living in poverty fell by about 19 percent between 1995 and 1997, the last year surveyed. The rate slid from about 36 percent to just under 29 percent.
December 25, 1994 |
When it comes to violence, the explanation may lie in place, not race. Living in areas of concentrated, segregated poverty is likely to breed violence in any group of people. Consider who gets murdered, and where. In 31 of the 60 biggest Philadelphia suburbs in Pennsylvania last year, the number of murders was . . . zero. None. Not one. Lower Merion Township, a suburb of 58,000 on Philadelphia's western shoulder, didn't have a murder. Neither did Middletown Township in Bucks County, population 45,000; nor Tredyffrin Township, population 30,000.
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.
March 19, 1995 |
Block grants to states - a portion of which will wend their way to cities - are an active item in the current policy debate and there are compelling reasons for the nation's political leadership to use these grants to design a new urban strategy. The GOP, in particular, has not been identified as a close friend of urban America. And cities, for their part, have rarely been shining examples of efficiency. But a new strategy is needed to address skewed national responsibilities.
September 29, 2000
The poverty level for a family of three is income of $13,290 a year. Does that mean that if you give a dollar to a single mother of two kids, who earns exactly that amount, she won't be poor anymore? Does it mean she'll automatically be able to pay her rent, keep her kids healthy and well fed, with a little left over for the higher heating costs expected this winter? You might think so listening to all the political self-congratulation from the U.S. Census Bureau at the news that the poverty rate is 11.9 percent - the lowest since 1979, with historic lows marked for African-American and Latinos.
September 30, 1997 |
Although businesses are hiring and consumers are buying, the benefits of a steadily growing economy have not been reaching America's poor, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. The bureau's annual income, poverty and health-insurance report showed that middle-class incomes had risen modestly in 1996. The median household income stood at $35,492, an increase of $410, or 1.2 percent, from 1995. (Half the households in the country earned more than $35,492; half earned less.) But the poverty rate barely budged, with 13.7 percent of Americans living below the poverty line.
November 22, 2000 |
The child-poverty rate declined in Philadelphia during most of the 1990s, but it climbed slightly in some suburban counties amid the economic expansion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate being released today. From 1995 to 1997, the poverty rate rose in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties, and in New Jersey's Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties. During that period, the only suburban county to show improvement was Chester County, in which it fell slightly. The uptick - which took place after a decline in the first half of the decade - comes despite steadily falling poverty rates nationwide and in Pennsylvania, according to previous census reports.
August 30, 2006 |
Amid hopes of an economic revival sparked by the surge in condos and waterfront development, Philadelphia and Camden remain dogged by striking poverty levels, new census figures show. Among the nation's 10 largest cities, Philadelphia ranks first in the percentage of people living in poverty: 24.5 percent. Camden also ranks first among cities of its size, with 44 percent in poverty. "I think it's very unfortunate that we are leading the country in this kind of statistic," said Gloria Guard, executive director of the People's Emergency Center in Philadelphia.
March 20, 2013 |
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. The annual salary for a single person at half the poverty line is around $5,700; for a family of four, it's around $11,700. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.9 percent, or around 200,000 people. Phoenix, Chicago, and Dallas are the nearest to Philadelphia, with deep-poverty rates of more than 10 percent. The numbers come from an examination of the 2009 through 2011 three-year estimate of the U.S. Census American Community Survey by The Inquirer and Temple University sociologist David Elesh.