Under the Dome

N.C. scores high in gender wage gap; low in hunger, insurance coverage

North Carolina scored 39th among the 50 states in terms of the poverty rate, a new analysis by the Center for American Progress released Tuesday finds.

The annual report tracks 15 key indicators that affect poverty and opportunity, including affordable housing, unemployment and income inequality. The center hopes the report is used to shape public policy, and leaves that task at the doorstep of state-level policymakers across the country.

North Carolina’s poverty rate in 2014 was 17.2 percent, ranking it 39th among the states. The national rate was 14.8 percent – or, more than one in seven people lived below the poverty level. That amounts to 46.7 million people.

North Carolina scored best in the gender wage gap, placing seventh; children living apart from their parents, 10th; and affordable and available housing, 22nd. It scored worst in hunger and food insecurity, 43rd; health insurance coverage, 42nd; and unemployment insurance coverage, 42nd.

Data used in the report came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Labor, and other sources.

For the full report: http://ampr.gs/1RXSQZm

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research institute.