More Census updates + black-white wage gaps + child migrant data

News. Could rising food prices hurt the U.S. more than oil shocks? Speaking of energy insecurity, read more about the psychological toll of not having sufficient electricity, heat and cooling. And here’s an abbreviated history of the school lunch in America. This is why virtual reality tech matters, especially in rural schools. Back to the election – economic frustration is a driving factor.
5 reporting tools this week:
  • Another Millennial trend update – they’re connected digitally but aren’t attached to employers, institutions and political parties. In fact, many feel unattached to their coworkers, and about 50 percent plan to be with their company one year from now.
  • Census Bureau stats: Did you keep up with the American Community Survey update last week? Report trends with poverty, income, equality, health insurance and living arrangement of adults. The link above directs to a page with several quick facts and trends that may spark story ideas. (For instance, poverty rates declined in 23 states. The highest poverty rates were in the South, and the lowest poverty rates were around the Northeast.)
  • Black-white wage gaps are expanding with rising wage inequality, the Economic Policy Institute reports today. Read more about why it matters and what this means for policy in terms of education reform and equal opportunity employment.
  • Two resources about child migrants and refugees in the U.S. released by Child Trends – an executive summary that estimates the number of migrants and from what countries and a full report with policy recommendations. In addition, Child Trends released a national portrait about the health and education of Hispanic boys and young men.
  • Know any college students who could benefit from a summer research experience about poverty? The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research opened up applications for its Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience, which provides a stipend, meals, transportation and collaboration with faculty members. Pass it along – Deadline is Nov. 1.
Final thoughts. Interesting Pew observation this week: The number of U.S. low-power FM radio stations has nearly doubled since 2014. What could this mean for our poverty or inequality conversations? What could this mean for your state? Check out the graphics and decide.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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