2022 Census Report: What the Numbers Mean for American Households

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FILE - Traffic passes through the toll plaza at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on Friday, June 10, 2022. The rate of people working from home dropped from 17.9% in 2021 to 15.2% in 2022, according to new survey data released Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, by the U.S. Census Bureau on life in America, covering commuting times internet access, family life, income, education levels, disabilities, military service and employment. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)
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Fresh data from the 2022 U.S. Census Bureau reports is now available.

The supplemental poverty measure, accounting for government benefits and taxes, surged from 7.8% to 12.4%. Child poverty more than doubled due to the expiration of the expanded child tax credit, putting over 5 million more children into poverty.

When it comes to median income, there was a 2.3% drop last year, primarily seen in white, non-Hispanic households. Black household incomes held relatively steady over the same period.

On the healthcare side, the uninsured rate in the U.S. fell to a new low of 7.9%, marking progress in healthcare coverage.

FILE – People recite an oath during a naturalization ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in San Diego. Population estimates released Thursday, June 22, 2023, by the U.S. Census Bureau show what drove changes in different race and ethnic groups last year, as well as since the start of COVID-19’s spread in the U.S. in April 2020. The United States had grown to 333.2 million people by the middle of last year, a 0.4% increase over the previous year, according to the 2022 population estimates. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

So what does this all mean? Government policies, especially targeted tax benefits, have a massive impact on poverty rates and economic well-being.

Will these significant statistics drive policymakers to create more targeted and effective economic policies?


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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