Numbers in the News

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Numbers in the News


* New U.S. Departure of Agriculture data based on Census Bureau surveys show a fifth consecutive annual increase in the number of Americans living in households suffering from hunger without the resources to afford an adequate diet-USDA

The total number of people living in food insecure households went up to 38.2 million in 2004, compared with 36.3 million individuals in 2003. This was the biggest jump since 2000. The 2004 total included 24.3 million adults (11.3 percent of all adults) and 13.9 million children (19 percent of all children), according to the USDA.

* According to new IRS data, income disparities in America grew significantly from 2002 to 2003Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

After adjusting for inflation, the after-tax income of the 1 percent of households with the highest incomes shot up in 2003 by an average of nearly $49,000 per household, while the average after-tax incomes of the bottom 75 percent of households fell. Although income disparities already were at near-record levels, they have continued to widen. Data from the Congressional Budget Office, covering 2002, show that income inequality in that year was wider than in all but six years (1988 and 1997-2001) since the mid-1930s. …

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