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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