Latest Federal Figures Show That New Jersey’s Median Income Has Fallen While Its Poverty Rate, Uninsured Population, and Income Inequality Have Increased

The American Community Survey, the population statistical sampling agency of the Census Bureau, has just released reports showing how New Jersey has fared in certain categories from 2012 to 2013. In Household Income: 2013, New Jersey’s median income dropped 0.4% from 2012 to 2013, one of only eight states that witnessed a decline (Table 1); this same table shows that income inequality increased in the state over the same time period, joining 18 other states with a Gini Coefficient of .0008 or higher. In Poverty: 2012 and 2013, New Jersey records among the steepest percentage increases in those living below the poverty line – 0.6%.(Table 1). Highlights of these reports are available.

Another Census publication, this one from the Current Population Report series, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013, shows that the number of individuals without health insurance actually increased by 0.5% from 2012 t0 2013; only three states had a higher rate, while the vast majority had lower numbers.(Table A-1).

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Online Primary Sources for American History: New York State

Although we are on the west side of the Hudson, that’s no reason to ignore the city to the east. (Besides which, we were born there, went to school there, worked there….) There are some really great sites to explore. The Patchogue-Medford Library has done an impressive job in providing detailed links to New York State online primary sources; we especially commend them for their compilation Classic NYS Histories & Document Collections, including the multi-volume Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York; Procured in Holland, England and France. Cornell University sponsors the New York State Historical Literature Collection featuring hundreds of titles. The New York Heritage Digital Collections is a portal to thousands of documents from dozens of institutions. The New-York Historical Society’s growing digital collections are a goldmine of primary sources, containing thousands of pages of significant importance while the New York State Library also provides digital collections of interest to a researcher arranged by topic. NYS Historic Newspapers presents 212 newspapers ranging from 1803-2013. Other sources can be found at HathiTrust.

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Results of the Scottish Independence Vote

In an historic vote, the people of Scotland are deciding whether to become a separate nation from the United Kingdom. The polls close at 10pm (5pm here) after which preliminary results will be made public. Go to the BBC site Scotland Decides for live updates starting late this afternoon. An FAQ provides information and background on this vote; here is an informative article from Foreign Affairs. Do you know how many people claim Scottish ancestry in Jersey City? Come here to find out.

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2014 Best High Schools in New Jersey and in the Nation

According to Newsweek, New Jersey has 76 best high schools; other state rankings are also available. Charter schoolsmagnet schools, and STEM schools have their own listings. See if any Jersey City schools made the grade.

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Recent CRS Reports on ISIS

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Public Holidays Around the World

In a fairly comprehensive review of which countries provide what number of holidays, the United States comes in on the low end. Technically there are no national holidays in this country, only federal ones. As this CRS report explains: “Although these patriotic celebrations are frequently referred to as “national holidays,” legally they are only applicable to federal employees and the District of Columbia. Neither Congress nor the President has asserted the authority to declare a “national holiday” that would be binding on the 50 states. Each state individually decides what its legal holidays will be. Creating a holiday for federal employees does, however, affect each state in a variety of ways, including the delivery of mail, bank transactions, and business conducted with federal agencies.”(1) India and Colombia provide the largest number of holidays – 18, while Mexico allows 7. The United States list 10 holidays. A bit of trivia – did you know there is an eleventh federal holiday that falls every four years? It is Inauguration Day for which federal employees in Washington, D.C. and surrounding counties get the day off.

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American Dunkirk, September 11, 2001

In 1940, the shattered British and French armies, fleeing the German onslaught, found themselves with their backs to the sea with no hope of rescue. However, over the next nine days more than 300,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk. At that time, that was the largest sea rescue in history. Until 9/11. On that day, 500,000 people were evacuated from Manhattan in under one day; this video captures that effort.

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