In 2012, 15 percent of Americans—30.4 million adults and 16.1 million children—lived in poverty, according to the official Census poverty count. Figure 1 shows how these rates have trended in recent decades, and underscores that rates are highest among children. Yet even these counts, as high as they are, understate our nation’s experience with poverty. For every person classified as poor, many more hover just above the poverty threshold, weaving in and out of poverty depending on their circumstance.
The Hamilton Project Blog
In a new blog post for The New York Times’ Up Shot, former Hamilton Project author Susan Dynarski compares the growing student loan debt concern to that of the mortgage crisis of 2008.
Each month, The Hamilton Project calculates America’s “jobs gap,” or the number of jobs that the U.S. economy needs to create in order to return to pre-recession employment levels while absorbing the 125,000 people who enter the labor force each month. As of the end of May 2014, our nation faces a jobs gap of 7.0 million jobs.
Ezra Klein of Vox explores several startling trends about crime and mass incarceration in the United States, citing new work from The Hamilton Project's latest policy memo, Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States.
During a testimony at the Education and the Workforce Committee this week, Congressman Petri (WI-O6) discussed the growing concern of student loan repayment, and cited extensively from a Hamilton Project paper by experts Susan Dynarski and Daniel Kreisman.
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