Unemployment benefits are all over the map

Aug 4, 2020
So we created an interactive map of unemployment benefits and average rent across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A sign at a gas station tells customers it is closed. Unemployment has reached alarming levels in the United States.
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How to help the poor amid COVID-19? Give them money, says Nobel laureate Esther Duflo

Apr 9, 2020
If a segment of the population stops buying things, it could lead to a much larger economic crisis, Duflo warned.
Nobel laureate Esther Duflo points to direct cash transfers in coronavirus response.
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A tax refund is a lifeline for a lot of Americans

Mar 4, 2020
Last year, after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect, a lot of people saw their tax refunds shrink or disappear.
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Food stamp change could cut 700,000 from SNAP

Dec 5, 2019
Unemployment is at historic lows but some workers still face hurdles to work.
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Anti-hunger advocates eye latest food insecurity data

Sep 4, 2019
The USDA's report on "Household Food Security in the U.S." uses a variety of measures to gauge whether households are food insecure, such as whether people have had to skip a meal or reduce the size of a meal for…
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The child poverty rate today is the same as in 1990

Jun 17, 2019
In 2017, the child poverty rate was 18%. Go back nearly three decades to 1990: also 18%.
Children play as a woman, a member of the Navajo Nation, fills bottles of water at a public tap on June 05, 2019 in Thoreau, New Mexico.
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How we define affordable housing "makes absolutely no sense"

Jun 5, 2019
How did 30% of income become the accepted benchmark?
Starrett City, a 46-building housing complex, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, in 2018.
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African Americans' wages nearly stagnant over decade

Apr 18, 2019
After adjusting for inflation, black workers' median weekly earnings have risen at a fraction of the pace of wages for white, Hispanic and Asian workers.
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Study looks at where the IRS audits more and less

Apr 15, 2019
“It is, in a way, a map of poverty in this country,” ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel says.
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The state is taking a step toward lowering costs for state workers by taking control of how much it pays for each visit to mental health and primary care providers.
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