The U.S. Census Bureau released new data on poverty and family income for 2009 on September 16. 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 again in 2007 and 2008. Given the large increases in unemployment during the current recession, most analysts predict an increase in poverty, especially child poverty, in 2009.
On the same day the Census poverty report was released, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings held its eighth annual briefing to discuss the new figures and their implications for families and policymakers. A panel of experts offered their analysis on the Census report and perspectives on the significance of the new data.
After the program, panelists took audience questions.