Poverty News Roundup: April 16 - 23

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Unemployment

Unemployment Drops Again in NC, Southeast Still Struggles , from WHQR Wilmington

Statewide unemployment numbers (as specious as they are in telling the entire economic story, as covered before by the Poverty Center, Justice Center, and the N&O), improved in February for most counties.

Robeson County still hovers at over 9.5 percent. Dare County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.5%.

In the Southeastern part of the state, jobless rates are down from this time last year. Manufacturing jobs lost gorund over the last year, but those losses were more than made up for by leisure and hospitality jobs (which tend to be low-paying).

Health Care (or lack thereof)

Minorities More Likely to Fall Into ACA Coverage Gap , from North Carolina Health News

More racial and ethnic minorities will fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, exacerbating already shameful health disparities across race. This article features NC couples lucky enough to be able to purchase insurance coverage, couples who are left out, and the disparate consequences they face.

From the report: Lydia Griffith, however, does not feel relief. She is among the 377,000 North Carolinians the N.C. Institute of Medicine estimates fall into a coverage gap created when North Carolina did not expand Medicaid as part of the ACA (commonly known as Obamacare). These are people who are not income eligible for government subsidies that would help offset the cost of policies. They’re also not eligible for Medicaid because they don’t fall within North Carolina’s strict coverage rules for adults.

“I don’t feel good about it,” said Griffith, a 57-year-old Fayetteville resident who is single and, like Scott and Jeter, black. “How can you feel good about not having health coverage?”

Other

We Need Another North Carolina Fund , editorial in the High Point Enterprise

From the editorial: About 50 years ago, North Carolina Gov. Terry Sanford employed a unique approach to combat the state’s growing poverty epidemic, an approach which has unfortunately been neglected in contemporary efforts to address poverty within the state.

Concentrated Poverty is Increasing , from The Support Center

From the report; A total of 12.4 million people live in neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of the residents are at or below the federal poverty level– an 11 percent increase from the 2007-2011 data, and a striking 72 percent increase since the 2000 Census.


Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Wed. April 23, 2014 11:57 AM
Categories: Poverty News Roundup
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