Sep 12

Past Event

Poverty and Income in 2011: A Look at the New Census Data and What the Numbers Mean

Event Materials



  • Ron Haskins: Poverty Dramatically Higher in Single-Parent Families

    Ron Haskins: There are vast differences in poverty rates among children who live with their married parents and those who live in a female-headed family. The increasing number of single-parent families is one of the key reasons we have had such diffi

    Ron Haskins

  • Richard Burkhauser: Poverty Measure Remains Incomplete

    Richard Burkhauser, Cornell University: Poverty is still at the highest level that we have seen in all but two years since 1967. But the good news is that the poverty measure does not capture all the resources that are available to low-income people.

  • Ralph Smith: Confronting the Issue of Persistent Poverty

    Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation: In order to build a robust, bipartisan consensus around this issue, we will have to really examine the costs of addressing persistent poverty; how poverty affects our ability to compete in the global economy; a

  • Isabel Sawhill: Poverty Highest Among Working-Age Americans

    Isabel Sawhill: Spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has grown so rapidly that it is crowding out spending on programs that help working-age and low-income Americans and their children.

    Isabel V. Sawhill

  • Gary Burtless: Child Poverty Rates and Unemployment

    Gary Burtless: Younger than average adults, including those with young children, are often more adversely affected by a weak job market. The result is a stronger relationship between the child poverty rate and the prime age unemployment rate.

    Gary Burtless

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The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data on poverty and family income for 2011 on September 12. Poverty declined every year between 1993 and 2000, reaching its lowest level ever for black children and children in female-headed families, but increased from 2001 to 2004. The rate then declined slightly in both 2005 and 2006, but increased in 2007 and every year since. Given the continuing high rate of unemployment since the Great Recession, many analysts predict an increase in poverty and child poverty again in 2011.

On September 12, the day the Census poverty report is released, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings held its tenth annual briefing to discuss the new figures on poverty and income and their implications for families and policymakers. Two keynote speakers and a panel of experts offered their analysis on the Census report and perspectives on the significance of the new data.


Event Agenda


September 12, 2012

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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