The Census Bureau will release new data on poverty and income for 2002 on September 26. Based on figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, released earlier this month, it is widely expected that the 2002 data will reveal some increase in poverty. The Census Bureau will also release its data on family income in 2002. Together, this information will allow for a more detailed analysis of how children and families are faring in an uncertain economy.
On the day the numbers are released, the Brookings Welfare Reform & Beyond initiative will hold a briefing for press and members of the public to discuss the new figures and their implications for families and policymakers. A panel of experts with a broad range of opinions will offer their reactions to the report as well as their perspectives on the significance of the new data. Panelists will also address larger questions prompted by the numbers, including how much poverty and income changed in 2002, whether the extent of the change is surprising given the economy, and how various population groups and types of families are faring.
Hear NPR’s coverage of the WR&B event, Poverty and Income in 2002, “Downturn Gentler Than Feared for Working Moms, Kids”