U.S. Census Bureau

2:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Poverty

Poverty Numbers Hold Steady, but Median Income Drops in West

Aaron Creative Commons

The U.S. Census bureau is reporting that the number of Americans in poverty held steady at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. However, real median income of households in the West declined by 4.1 percent, marking the fourth consecutive annual decline in the region.

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10:31am

Wed September 12, 2012
Planet Money

More Jobs, Smaller Paychecks

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:54 pm

Real earnings for full-time workers from 1967 to 2011
Census Bureau

After falling during the recession, the number of Americans with full-time jobs increased last year.

But median earnings for full-time workers fell. (Also: The wage gap between men and women did not change.)

And household income was stagnant across the income spectrum.

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7:04am

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

It's Incumbent Vs. Incumbent In Iowa, And Washington Is Watching

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 8:24 am

Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell (left) talks with Republican Rep. Tom Latham on May 7, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. Redistricting is now pitting the longtime Iowa congressmen in a general election battle.
Charlie Neibergall AP

One of the candidates is House Speaker John Boehner's close friend and golfing buddy.

The other is an ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Both have their roots in rural Iowa, have long served together in the U.S. House, and are pretty darn well-liked by their constituents.

But Iowa, the focus of the political world this week, lost a House seat in congressional redistricting that came after the 2010 census.

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6:50am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose 0.8 Percent In July; More Than Expected

There was a 0.8 percent increase in retail sales in July from June, the Census Bureau says, thanks in part to gains in purchases of cars, furniture and appliances.

Overall, The Associated Press says, "all major categories showed increases, a sign that consumers may be gaining confidence." If that is indeed the case, it's good news for the economy. Consumers purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services.

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6:51am

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Sharp Drop In Gas Prices Puts Brakes On Inflation

Wholesale prices fell 1 percent in May from April thanks to an 8.9 percent plunge in the price of gasoline, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The overall decrease is the largest in one month since July 2009.

Excluding the energy and sectors, prices at the wholesale level ticked up 0.2 percent.

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