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US Census Bureau, 2002
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Poverty and unemployment in New York City
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The United States Census Bureau sets the poverty thresholds according to money income before taxes, excluding capital gains and noncash benefits, family size and number of children under 18 years old. These thresholds were developed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 1964, then revised by interagency committees (1969, 1981). They are adjusted each year using the annual average Consumer Price Index (CPI). For example, a single person under 65 years old who earns less than US$ 9,214 in 2001 per year is considered living under the poverty line (www.census.gov).