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Wisconsin Press Release

Wisconsin Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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September 22, 2011
 
CONTACT:
Amy RynellSocial IMPACT Research Center at Heartland AlliancePhone: 312.870.4957
The Recession’s Toll: Significant Poverty Growth and Income Declinesthroughout Wisconsin and the Midwest
 Immediate, Expert Analysis Available
The U.S. Census Bureau released new local information on income, poverty rates, and health insurancecoverage from the American Community Survey on Thursday, September 22.Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 experts on poverty issues from the Social IMPACT ResearchCenter will be available to provide analysis of the new data and discuss their context and implications.IMPACT is also summarizing the new information in customized fact sheets based on local data for all Illinoiscounties and places with populations over 65,000 and Midwest states, including a 2010 snapshot and trendover time analysis. These fact sheets will be available on request and will also be made available throughoutthe day on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 athttp://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/current-and-local-data/local-fact-sheets.html. While the recession technically ended in 2009, these new data show declining incomes, stubbornly highunemployment, and record numbers experiencing poverty persists across Wisconsin and throughout theMidwest, leading to increasing hardship and need in local communities.
The number of peopleexperiencing poverty in Wisconsin has increased by 279,941 people from 1999 to 2010.
It is clear thateconomic troubles are far from over for working individuals and families throughout the Midwest, withdata highlighting further the human consequences of the recession. Some notable findings from today’srelease include:
 
731,479 people living in Wisconsin experienced poverty in 2010, a rate of 13.2%, up from12.4% in 2009 and 8.7% in 1999.
 
The 2010 household median income for Wisconsin is $49,001, which is $8,301 below themedian income in 1999.
 
Overall 14.6% of Midwesterners are living in poverty. The number of people in poverty inthe Midwest dramatically grew by 3,127,842 people from 1999 to 2010.
 
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Midwest Comparison TablesPoverty in theMidwest2010Number 2010 RatePercentChange from2009 to 2010PercentChange from1999 to 2010
Illinois 1,731,711 13.8% 0.5 3.1Indiana 962,775 15.3% 0.9 5.8Iowa 370,507 12.6% 0.8 3.5Kansas 377,530 13.6% 0.2* 3.7Michigan 1,618,257 16.8% 0.6 6.3Minnesota 599,516 11.6% 0.6 3.7Missouri 888,570 15.3% 0.7 3.6Nebraska 229,923 12.9% 0.6* 3.2North Dakota 84,895 13.0% 1.3* 1.1Ohio 1,779,032 15.8% 0.6 5.2South Dakota 113,760 14.4% 0.2* 1.2Wisconsin 731,479 13.2% 0.8 4.5Midwest 9,487,955 14.6% 0.7 4.4
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Midwest MedianHousehold Income2010AmountChange from2009Change from1999Midwest
Illinois $52,972 -$1,885 -$7,993Indiana $44,613 -$1,561 -$9,779Iowa $47,961 -$876 -$3,686Kansas $48,257 -349* -$4,901Michigan $45,413 -$589 -$13,036Minnesota $55,459 -$1,075 -$6,188Missouri $44,301 -$1,675 -$5,337Nebraska $48,408 269* -$2,952North Dakota $48,670 53* $3,389Ohio $45,090 -$1,054 -$8,503South Dakota $45,904 117* -264*Wisconsin $49,001 -$1,817 -$8,301Midwest $47,894 -$1,289 -$7,606
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