Each year, the Census Bureau asks 3 million American households to answer questions on age, race, housing, health and other demographic markers to produce timely information about communities, states and the country at large.
This annual socioeconomic snapshot is known as the American Community Survey, or ACS. It is an improvement on the old once-a-decade data collected from long-form Census questionnaires, and it has long had bipartisan support.
Colorado's working-poor families have increased 51 percent from 2004 to 2010, according to a report released Monday by The Bell Policy Center.
"These are hard-working families, and they are not keeping up," Rich Jones, one of the 2010 report's authors, said in the study. "That has grievous implications for the rest of us and for the economic health of our state."
The new report is an update of a 2004 Bell report called "Opportunity Lost: When Hard Work Isn't Enough for Colorado's Families."
Colorado's working poor families are headed in the wrong direction – down the economic ladder.
A new report by the Bell Policy Center finds that, even before the economic downturn, our state's poor and low-income working families were struggling and falling behind.
In 2004, the Bell Policy Center produced Opportunity Lost, When Hard Work Isn't Enough for Colorado's Families, a review of economic indicators and a status report on the state's poor and low-income working families.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than one in four American working families now earn wages so low that they have difficulty surviving financially, a new report concludes. The report finds that too many jobs pay poor wages and provide no benefits, and that American workers are poorly prepared and supported to move into better paying jobs.