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Recovery from Recession Going Slowly for Wisconsin Residents
Many residents of Wisconsin have yet to fully rebound from the impact of the recession that began five years ago. Median income remains below its pre-recession level, and the poverty rate remains elevated. A new county-level analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) examines these and other measures of family economic well-being, including access to health insurance.
The Council’s analysis found that Wisconsin has not yet overcome the adverse effects of the recession. For example:
- The 2012 child poverty rate of 18.2% is well above the 13.4% rate in 2008.
- Median household income fell to $51,100 in 2012, compared to $55,600 in 2008 (adjusted for inflation).
Low‑income households have also been assisted by BadgerCare as the recession eroded the job market and employer-sponsored health insurance. Badger Care has picked up much of the slack in the insurance market, but changes in eligibility criteria are forcing tens of thousands of low-income parents out of the program.
Read WCCF's brief. See WCCF's related press release.
How Wisconsin Counties
are Progressing in Their Recovery
WCCF analyzed and charted the relevant Census Bureau data for 21 Wisconsin counties, and found that economic recovery is proceeding very slowly for many Wisconsin residents, as poverty rates remain higher and median incomes lower than their pre-recession levels. County data sheets and a statewide data sheet are below.