U.S. Census Bureau releases American Community Survey data for 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau released on Thursday their American Community Survey data for 2013. The data shows population, demographic, housing and job data on a state by state basis. In the state of Iowa, the 2013 estimate for the population age 16 and older is 2.45 million, compared to the 2012 estimate of 2.43 million. Of the total population age 16 and over, 67.7 percent are in the labor force. That’s equal to the 2012 estimate. The civilian labor force is 1.66 million. Of the civilian labor force, 4.8 percent is unemployed. That’s compared to 1.64 million in the civilian labor force in 2012. The 2012 estimate is 5.3 percent unemployed in the civilian labor force. In 2013, 8.1 percent of all Iowa families had income in the past twelve months which is below the poverty level. Of these families, 13.9 percent had related children under the age of 18. Fifteen percent of Iowa families with income below the poverty level had children under the age of 5. A little more than three percent of married couple families had income that fell below the poverty level according to the 2013 estimate. The federal poverty level was $23,834 for a family of four in 2013, according to the Brookings Institute. Nationwide, the percentage of people in poverty decreased from 15.0 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In a release issued September 19, 2014 by the Coalition on Human Needs looking at the Census data, the organization states that there are 6 million more people living in near-poverty than in 2009. One-third of the…