Media Coverage of “Squeezing the Middle Class”:
“U.S. Census finds more are poor.”
Jason B. Johnson.  San Francisco Chronicle, 31 August 2005.
More Americans fell into poverty in 2004, but the percentage of people without health insurance coverage was steady between 2003 and 2004 because more people were covered by government programs, according to two reports the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday.

The estimated national poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent of individuals in 2003 to 12.7 percent in 2004, an increase of 1.1 million people, for a total of 37 million Americans living below the federal poverty level. The poverty level, which varies by household size, was $18,850 for a family of four in 2004.

“Californians make little progress in economic recovery.”

Business Journal staff.  Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 31 August 2005.
U.S. Census statistics show Californians made little progress in 2004 in being part of the overall national pickup in the economy. And a separate local analysis shows some Santa Clara County residents fell further behind.

The state and local reaction follows the release Tuesday of a report from the U.S. Census Bureau of 2004 economic trends.

“Report: Santa Clara County Incomes Falling.”

CBS5 staff.  CBS5, 31 August 2005.
Santa Clara County household incomes have dropped by more than 13 percent in the past three years in part due to the real estate bubble and the lingering effects of the dot-com crash, according to an analysis released Tuesday by a San Jose nonprofit.

Working Partnerships USA Op-Ed on Middle-Class Squeeze:

“Our society’s middle is shrinking from view”

Louise Auerhahn.  SanJose Mercury News, 26 July 2005.
In the last two decades, Silicon Valley's economy has rushed through a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. But one disturbing trend has remained constant; the middle class has grown steadily smaller. Even worse, the ``new economy,'' both pre- and post-crash, is characterized by increasing inequality and by massive and perpetual insecurity.

Media Coverage of “The Economic Effects of Immigration”:

“Immigrant importance to valley is touted.”

Jessie Mangaliman.  San Jose Mercury News, 23 September 2004.
A day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, immigrant advocates released a new report Thursday touting the contributions of immigrants to Silicon Valley's economy.

Media Coverage on Stanford Temp Workers:

“Labor survey takes on Stanford temp workers.”

Victoria Colliver.  San Jose Mercury News, 29 May 2003.
Nearly three-quarters of temporary workers at Stanford University earn below the minimum wage and more than two-thirds lack health insurance, according to a labor-backed survey released Wednesday.

The survey of 72 temporary workers was conducted by Working Partnerships USA, a nonprofit labor research group in the South Bay, and promoted by Service Employees International Union Local 715, which is in contract negotiations with the university.

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