- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
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New poverty numbers reflect post-recession blues
Percentage of poor Americans highest since 1973
In other highlights:
• The median household income figure of $49,445 represents about a 7 percent drop from the peak income of $53,252 in 1999.
• Median household income fell in the Midwest, South and West, but didn’t change in the Northeast.
• The female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.77, not statistically different from the 2009 ratio.
• Fewer people received insurance coverage through their employers in 2010 than in 2009, and the number of people covered through government insurance programs continued to rise.
The Kaiser Family Foundation found that since 1999, family premiums for employer-sponsored health care coverage have increased by 131 percent.
• Paige Winfield Cunningham contributed to this report.
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About the Author
Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.
Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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