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Census Bureau: 34% of US endured poverty

A recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows 34 percdent of the U.S. population experienced poverty for at least two months during the period between January 2013 and December 2016.

The report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2013–2016, presents data on poverty based on information collected in the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

The report describes patterns of poverty and provides a view of the duration that people endure poverty and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty.

The study also examines how poverty dynamics vary across demographic groups.

Other highlights:

The SIPP collects information on the short-term dynamics of employment, income, household composition, and eligibility and participation in government assistance programs.

It is a leading source of information on specific topics related to economic well-being, family dynamics, education, wealth and assets, health insurance, childcare and food security. The SIPP collects data on the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

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