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Census Bureau Releases 2009 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Data

September 15th, 2010

Sunday’s Clarion Ledger foreshadowed the upcoming release of 2009 income, poverty and health insurance data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data to be released on Thursday, September 16, will show a preliminary breakdown of key measures during the current recession and indicate how the recession continues to impact working families across the country. The data shown Thursday will also provide a first glance at data on health insurance coverage, poverty, and state median income in Mississippi.

The September 16th data is a preliminary release that will be followed by more detailed data on September 28th, when the U.S. Census Bureau will provide Mississippians with more in-depth data on state and local poverty and median income from a different survey, the American Community Survey.

Projections indicate that because of the economic hardship brought on by the current recession, the national poverty rate may have increased significantly from 2008 to 2009. The data is also the first released on how the recession has impacted the overall rates of health insurance coverage across the nation.

On Thursday, September 16, the Mississippi Economic Policy Center will provide a timely analysis of the significance of 2008-2009 changes in health insurance coverage, poverty rates, and median income. Check out Hope Policy Institute (formerly, the Mississippi Economic Policy Center) on September 16th for blog postings and fact sheets that provide a Mississippi-specific analysis of the newly released data.

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