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Given the substantial loss in market income in Wisconsin and the Census bureau estimates, the latest findings of the 2010 Wisconsin Poverty Project, using the WPM based on the 2010 ACS, are quite surprising. When we estimate poverty using our NAS-like Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM), we find that poverty in Wisconsin dropped significantly between 2009 and 2010, owing mainly to increased benefits and participation in existing programs, especially SNAP but also the EITC. Child poverty fell substantially using the WPM but remained higher than the overall state average and while elder poverty rose, it remained below average using the WPM.
Our conclusion is that making good use of the existing safety net in tough economic times can help alleviate poverty, as demonstrated by Wisconsin. But the report also shows how economic segregation within a large county, like Milwaukee County, and including its near suburban counties ,can produce poverty rates that are both significantly higher and lower than those elsewhere in the state.
- WisPov_SSR_Oct2012_APPAM.pdf (1072.8KB)