Data tables include rates of official and alternative poverty from 1964 to 2014 and supplemental poverty rates for 2014. The supplemental poverty measure examines individual safety net programs and shows how poverty rates would have increased if resources from specific safety net programs had not been available. The alternative poverty measure is based on the supplemental measure and fills the critical gap in knowledge necessary to evaluate the impact of the full federal safety net back to 1967. Official poverty rates are examined for different segments of the population. Over the past fifty years, children, single mothers and their families, Blacks and Hispanics, and individuals with lower levels of education have faced unique economic challenges. Report can be found at:

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Publication Date: 16-Mar
Published By: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Content Type: Research and Studies