Learn more about how to access key demographics and information about economic development around Oregon and the United States by checking out the links to resources below.
U.S. Bureau of the Census is the go-to resource for all demographic information, including poverty rates. Some examples of poverty reports that the U.S. Bureau of the Census has published include:
- Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 2009–2012, which summarizes various characteristics of poverty
- How Census Measures Poverty, an infographic: This site also lists many other infographics of interest on a variety of topics
- Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), which can use 2012 data to provide estimates of income and poverty estimates down to the county and school-district levels
State of Oregon Workforce and Economic Research Division updates information about Oregon’s statewide and local labor markets. Some data topics include:
- Statewide and local unemployment rates
- Current employment estimates
- Employment and wages by industry
- State unemployment rankings
Community Wealth provides resources for community-based economic development. The site also describes strategies and models for local communities, public solutions, and place-based initiatives. The Economic Success Clearinghouse (formerly known as the Welfare Information Network) includes research on Individual Development Accounts and other innovative state and local programs.
Economic Policy Institute addresses research on topics including:
- Budget, Taxes, and Public Investment
- Green Economics
- Inequality and Poverty
- Jobs and Unemployment
Bureau of Labor Statistics through the US Department of Labor, provides tools, publications, and statistics on a wide range of subjects. Poverty-related topics include:
- Location Quotient Calculator, which provides a way to compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country
- Mapping Unemployment Rates (customized by state, metropolitan areas, and counties)
- Regional Resources (e.g., Western states)
- Employment projections by Education and Occupation
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low and moderate-income families and individuals. Recent poverty and Income resources include analyses of Safety Net program cuts, the “Opportunity Grant” proposal, and the War on Poverty 50 Years Later. The site also has a Policy Basics Archive with a series of brief background reports on issues related to budgets, taxes, and government assistance programs.
America’s Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future is a 2007 report from ETS (Educational Testing Service)’s Policy Information Center. It looks at the convergence of socio-economic forces that are changing the nation: disparities in reading and math skills, major economic changes, and demographic shifts.
National Skills Coalition combines economic, workforce, and educational development to focus on building a stronger workforce. Resources include federal and state policies, research and webinars on poverty-related topics like TANF, SNAP, and immigration reform.