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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

Reports & Issue Briefs

Since 2000, the ranks of uninsured Americans have grown by 7.2 million.  This represents an 18.8 percent increase in the number of uninsured over the economic cycle between 2000 and 2007.  The number of uninsured fell in 2007 for the first time since President Bush was elected. 

Aug 26 2008

Income in America

American families are experiencing very difficult economic times – the toughest in terms of stagnant incomes since World War II.  Real median household income is 0.6 percent lower in 2007 than it was at the end of the 1990s.  Even though incomes grew by 1.3  percent ($665 ) between 2006 and 2007, this was not enough to make up for prior years' income losses.   Since the Bush administration took office there has been a large increase in income inequality, with the poorest households’ income declining even as the richest households’ incomes rise. The data confirm that the vast majority of Americans have not benefited from economic growth over the past seven years.

Aug 26 2008

Poverty in America

American families are experiencing very difficult economic times – the toughest in terms of stagnant wages since World War II.  Their incomes are lower in 2007 than at the end of the 1990s and income inequality has risen sharply. Under the Bush administration, the number of Americans living in poverty has increased by nearly 5.7 million; at the same time, incomes for families in the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution have fallen. Today, one out of every eight Americans is living below the federal poverty line.
The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, released a series of snapshots that examine the impact of the worsening economy on women, Hispanics, Americans nearing retirement, African-Americans, and young families.  Each snapshot examines the current housing, jobs, wages, health care, and poverty data and their impact on these individual groups.  You can find state-by-state economic snapshots on our website that  were also recently updated. 
The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, released a series of snapshots that examine the impact of the worsening economy on women, Hispanics, Americans nearing retirement, African-Americans, and young families.  Each snapshot examines the current housing, jobs, wages, health care, and poverty data and their impact on these individual groups.  You can find state-by-state economic snapshots on our website that  were also recently updated. 
The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, released a series of snapshots that examine the impact of the worsening economy on women, Hispanics, Americans nearing retirement, African-Americans, and young families.  Each snapshot examines the current housing, jobs, wages, health care, and poverty data and their impact on these individual groups.  You can find state-by-state economic snapshots on our website that  were also recently updated. 
The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, released a series of snapshots that examine the impact of the worsening economy on women, Hispanics, Americans nearing retirement, African-Americans, and young families.  Each snapshot examines the current housing, jobs, wages, health care, and poverty data and their impact on these individual groups.  You can find state-by-state economic snapshots on our website that  were also recently updated. 

The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, released a series of snapshots that examine the impact of the worsening economy on women, Hispanics, Americans nearing retirement, African-Americans, and young families.  Each snapshot examines the current housing, jobs, wages, health care, and poverty data and their impact on these individual groups.  You can find state-by-state economic snapshots on our website that  were also recently updated. 

Jul 22 2008

Equality in Job Loss

The Joint Economic Committee released this report, requested by Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), finding that the current downturn threatens women’s employment more than ever before. The 2001 recession was the first in decades during which women not only lost jobs, but also did not see their employment rates recover to their pre-recession peak. Unlike in decades past, families can no longer rely on women’s employment to help boost family income during a downturn.  U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer is the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.