July 05, 2000
Families receiving public assistance differ from other families in several characteristics as well as in the way they allocate their spending.
Compared with other families, the average family receiving public assistance is slightly larger and has more people under age 18. Both assisted and nonassisted families have the same number of persons aged 65 and older.
Assisted families have lower average numbers of earners, own a lower number of vehicles, and are only half as likely to be homeowners. For all three of these characteristics, the numbers decrease as the number of assistance programs increases.
These data are a product of the Consumer Expenditure Survey. The public assistance programs included in the analysis were supplementary security income, welfare, medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies, and public housing. Find more information in "Spending patterns of public-assisted families," by Lucilla Tan, Monthly Labor Review, May 2000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Public assistance and family characteristics on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jul/wk1/art02.htm (visited August 02, 2015).
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.