Embargoed data + income inequality interactive + 3 poverty resources this week

News. No driver’s license = no job. In some Zip codes, 1 in 7 children have dangerously high blood lead levels. Fewer low-income men are working. Tougher rules are shrinking Missouri’s welfare rolls. And what about a coach for every low-income student?
Data embargo. The Census Bureau posted data this morning under a two-day media embargo for 2015 population estimates for age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. The public release is Thursday.
3 reporting resources. What’s new this week?
  • In the U.S., health care insecurity is at a record low, Gallup says. About 15 percent of adults are unable to afford necessary health care services or medicine. In the past 8 years, that number hovered around 19 percent.
  • A Tale of Six States: How do different responses by child protective services affect child safety and re-reports of abuse? Check the Department of Health and Human Services brief. What models are used in your area, and what does that mean for children?
  • More older Americans are working – and working more – than they used to, Pew says. More adults 65 and older are working than at any time since the turn of the century.
Final thoughts. A new income inequality interactive explains the numbers behind growing inequality in the country. Income inequality has risen in every state since the 1970s and in many states is up in the post-Great Recession era, says the Economic Policy Institute. In 24 states, the top 1 percent captured half of all income growth bin 2009-2013, and in 15 of those states, the top 1 percent captured all income growth. What does inequality look like in your state? Click through thestate, county and metro area graphs.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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