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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Working Poor?

Working-age adults make up record share of poor
   WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting adults 18-64 who were laid off in the recent recession as well as single twenty-somethings still looking for jobs, the new working-age poor represent nearly three out of five poor people — a switch from the early 1970s when children made up the main impoverished group.
   While much of the shift in poverty is due to demographic changes — Americans are having fewer children than before — the now-weakened economy and limited government safety net for workers are heightening the effect.
   The ranks of the working-age poor are at the highest level since the 1960s when the war on poverty was launched. When new census figures for 2010 are released next week, analysts expect a continued increase in 
the overall poverty rate due to persistently high unemployment last year.
   If that holds true, it will mark the fourth year in a row of increases in the U.S. poverty rate, which now stands at 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people.
Census numbers show that out of 8.8 million families who are currently poor, about 60 percent had at least one person who was working.
   The poverty figures come at a politically sensitive time for President Barack Obama, after a Labor Department report last Friday showed zero job growth in August. The White House now acknowledges that the unemployment rate, currently at 9.1 percent, will likely average 9 percent through 2012.
   According to the latest census data, the share of poor who are ages 18-64 now stands at 56.7 percent, compared 
to 35.5 percent who are children and 7.9 percent who are 65 and older. The working-age share surpasses a previous high of 55.5 percent first reached in 2004.
   Lower-skilled adults ages 18 to 34, in particular, have had the largest jumps in poverty as employers keep or hire older workers for the dwindling jobs available. The declining economic fortunes have caused many unemployed young Americans to double up in housing with parents, friends and loved ones.
   In 1966, when the Census Bureau first began tracking the age distribution of the poor, children made up the biggest share of those in poverty, at 43.5 percent. Working-age adults comprised a 38.6 percent share, and Americans 65 and older represented nearly 18 percent.

Almost 9 million Americans are out of work.  Nine percent unemployment.  We cannot keep this up.  We need to get back to work.

Broncos move up in polls
Boise State up one spot to No. 4 in AP poll, fifth in coaches’ poll
   The Boise State football team is now ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, released Tuesday. The Broncos are No. 5 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
   The Broncos, 35-21 winners over Georgia on Saturday, were No. 5 in the AP and No. 7 in the coaches poll to start the season. They had two first-place votes in the AP poll, just as they did last week, but have 1,310 points, a gain of 110. Thanks to then-No. 3 Oregon’s loss, the Broncos move up one spot in the AP poll, but jumped Stanford to land at No. 5 in the coaches poll.
   Georgia fell out of both polls, but TCU, which lost Friday and plays in Boise on Nov. 12, is No. 25.
   Oklahoma is No. 1, while LSU is ranked second in the AP poll after its 
win over Oregon, moving up from fourth.
   Moore to appear on Sports Illustrated
   Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore, who opened the season going 28-of-34 for 261 yards, three TDs and an INT, will appear on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
   This will be the third time Boise State has appeared on the magazine’s cover. 
   The issue will appear in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. The rest of the country will have a cover featuring LSU, which opened by beating Oregon.
   Petersen praises safeties:
   Boise State coach Chris Petersen spoke on the Mountain West coaches teleconference Tuesday, and though he didn’t offer much in terms of newsy tidbits, he did speak about a few subjects of note.
   Petersen spoke about safeties Jeremy Ioane and Travis Stanaway, pressed into duty with Cedric Febis back in Boise. He said some of the long Georgia plays were not due to their play, but in fact the cornerbacks.
   “I think those guys did a solid job,” Petersen said. “Jeremy and Travis were not the issue. Our corner was the issue, who had some communication issues.”
   Asked about the three Dutch players who have been held out because of eligibility concerns, Petersen said he had “no idea” if the issue may be resolved by Sept. 16’s game at Toledo.
   Having a bye week after playing at Georgia comes at a good time for his team, he said.
   “We’ve got three practices scheduled — it’s right back to work on ourselves,” Petersen said. “We definitely are a work in progress, a lot of things to shore up.”
   Bleymaier given national award: Boise State’s longtime athletic director Gene Bleymaier will leave his position this week with a recent national honor.
   On Tuesday, it was announced Bleymaier was named the winner of the 2011 Bobby Dodd 1A Athletic Director’s Award.
   The award is annually presented to the athletic director at the school of the Bobby Dodd coach of the year winner. Boise State’s Chris Petersen was presented the award in March in Boise.
   Bleymaier’s last day at Boise State is Thursday.
   “All of us associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation are very pleased that Gene Bleymaier was selected for this special recognition,” Jim Terry, Chairman of the Dodd Foundation said in a press release. “Bleymaier has been instrumental in the huge success that Boise State has enjoyed the past several years, and he is a respected leader of a growing, highly recognized athletic program. His accomplishments and dedication to excellence are unmatched, and we are very happy for this selection.”


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