There is no sign of an economic recovery for many people in the United States, with economic gains mostly benefitting the wealthy, according to new US census data. The US census figures, released Thursday, show that more people are falling into the lowest-income group and poverty rising in single-mother families. Single-mother families in poverty increased for the fourth straight year to 4.1 million, or 41.5 percent, the result of a long-term trend of declining marriage rates and out-of-wedlock births. Many of these mothers are low income with low education. And after earlier signs of increased mobility, fewer people are moving as homeownership declined for a fifth straight year, the figures show. "We're in a selective recovery," said William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer who analyzed the numbers. Nationwide, child poverty stood at 21.8 percent. A record 37 percent of Hispanic children were poor. Whites make up 30 percent, blacks 26 percent. "Stubbornly high child
poverty rates in the wake of the Great Recession suggest we have not yet turned the corner three years after its official end," said Marybeth Mattingly, director of research on vulnerable families at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. The new census numbers also reflect widening economic inequality, an issue President Barack Obama has pledged would be a top priority of his administration to address. Upward economic mobility in the US has been hurt by high unemployment and the longer-term disappearance of well paying jobs due to globalization and automation. The new census data shows that the share of lower-income people in the population has increased, while middle- to higher-income groups shrank or were flat. Thursday’s census figures are local-level statistics from the American Community Survey, which follow Tuesday's release of the national measures, drawn from the Current Population Survey. Both sets of figures provides a multitude of statistics that measure the social,
economic and housing conditions of US in the national and local level.