Three things to know about the Census' big earnings report out today

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"Texas represents a big portion of the population, so my guess is median incomes have risen here as well", said Kristie Tingle, research analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, which advocates for low-income Texans.

The new data, along with another census report showing the rate of Americans lacking health insurance to be at its lowest-ever last year, suggest that Americans were actually in a position of increasing financial strength as President Donald Trump, who tapped into anger about the economy, came to office this year.

Meanwhile, incomes and health insurance coverage improved a year ago, the bureau said in releasing results of its annual Current Population Survey. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of "Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes", says that while the numbers today reflect an incremental improvement, middle-class and working-class Americans still feel insecure about their economic future.

- Of children living with two parents, 11.2 per cent lived in low-income households, while that increased to 38.9 per cent in households with one parent; for those living with their mother, the low-income rate was 42 per cent, but 25.5 per cent for those living with their father.

"I think a lot of that is explained by the resources, the oil boom, all kinds of booms, but also all the indirect support of those industries". "If we keep walking away and turning the other cheek and ignoring it, things will never change".

On average, Canadians saw a steady rise in their income between 2005 and 2015, when the median national household income weighed in at $70,336, up 10.8 per cent from $63,457 a decade earlier, once adjusted for inflation.

As Americans earned more money, the official poverty rate in 2016 dropped to 12.7 percent - or 40.6 million people - which was 2.5 million fewer than in 2015.

The gains in 2016 pushed median household income to the highest level on record, but officials cautioned the figure was affected by a change in methodology in 2013, and that actual incomes probably had not exceeded the previous peak, in 1999. At that time, there was a jump of 3.2 percent in median income for those answering the new questions.

In 2016, he went to a temp agency in Phoenix and landed a job that paid $18 an hour.

Flax Wilt is also encouraged the county is narrowing the gap when it comes to median household income, she said. "Oftentimes, you're going to have to outbid your rival in order to bring that qualified candidate on board". But a majority of people consider themselves to be a part of it - even if they technically aren't. "We have a class of people that are excluded from adequate opportunities in the labor market".

Quality of life and culture also play into retaining people, Flax Wilt said.

MCEVERS: So then who benefited from these income increases?

"There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business", said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada. "If we stay on that trajectory, I feel good about where our community's future lies".

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