The BLS produces an annual report on persons who,
during the year, spent 27 weeks or more in the labor force
(working or looking for work), but whose incomes still fell below
the official poverty level.
High-poverty schools are those where
76%-100% of students are eligible for free or reuced
price lunch through the National School Lunch
Program. This places them at or below 180% of
the poverty guidelines.
The Census Bureau publishes recurring reports on
patterns of poverty. Because these
reports are based on data collected in the Survey of Income and
Program Participation (SIPP), they are not directly comparable to
official poverty statistics drawn from the Current Population
The report series Household Food Security in the United States
provides information on food security in U.S.
households, how much they spent for food and
the extent to which food-insecure households
participate in Federal and community food assistance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) produces the statistical annual Health, United
States. This yearbook presents national trends
in health statistics. that include statistics on
health and healthcare by poverty status.
Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases a number of public
reports on the level of poverty in the previous year and trends
in the level and composition of the poor from year to year. This
issue of Fast Focus seeks to make sense of these various measures
at the federal, state, and local levels.