Monday, December 9, 2013

The Poverty Level

My colleagues at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Research Institute have some fascinating information on what poverty actually looks like across different sectors in Israel.

Here's what I think is really striking:

First, although only 14% of Jewish households are under the poverty line .... well over half of non-Jewish households are under it.

And second, poverty and employment are very tightly correlated. More on this later....

The poverty line is defined as 50% of the after-tax median income, adjusted to household size. 
The monthly poverty line for a couple last year was 4,001 NIS or 1,118 USD. The monthly poverty rate for a couple with two children was 6,401 NIS or 1,788 USD.

If you want more information and sources on these findings, message me, or contact my colleagues at Myers-JDC-Brookdale. If you want to receive this blog on a regular basis by email (about twice a week, depending on what else I'm up to), sign up in the top-right box where it says "follow" ...

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