August 2, 2001
Report: Asians/Pacific Islanders Struggle
As Sacramento Poverty Rises
Poverty among Sacramento County Asians
and Pacific Islanders has increased dramatically in the last
decade - despite the relatively strong economy - according
to a new report by California State University, Sacramento
professor of business statistics Robert Mogull.
the report says, the county's poverty rate increased to 14.5
percent, up 2 percent from a decade ago. Meanwhile, the poverty
rate of the Asian and Pacific Islander population rose to
34.4 percent, up 11 percent in the last decade and up 22 percent
in the last two decades.
The increase was largely among Southeast Asians, mostly the
recent immigrants, Mogull says.
"When you talk about Asians, you're talking about a very
diverse group of people," Mogull says. "I would
say the Hmongs and others from Southeast Asia are least well
off, while those of Japanese, Indian and Chinese descent are
doing relatively well."
Blacks, children, the elderly and female-headed households
have also lost ground in Sacramento County, though not nearly
as much as Asians, the report says. The black poverty rate
in Sacramento County is now 26.7 percent, up 2.7 percent in
the last decade; the child rate is 23.6 percent, up 4.1 percent;
the elderly rate is 8.1, up 1.3 percent; and the female-headed
household rate is 31.1 percent, up 2.8 percent.
Among other groups in Mogull's report, white and Hispanic
poverty stayed relatively the same (8.8 and 20 percent respectively),
and the Native American poverty rate dropped significantly
from 19.7 percent to 15.8 percent.
In 1999, the poverty level for a family of three was $13,290.
For a family of four it was $17,029 and for a single individual
it was $8,501.
In compiling the report, Mogull used a statistical method
for predicting poverty that he has developed over the last
decade. He has previously used it to predict poverty statewide
and in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.
The method is intended to provide policymakers with accurate,
annual local poverty data based in part on census data collected
every 10 years. He uses the same ethnic categories as the
U.S. Census Bureau.
Mogull plans to complete projections for Sacramento County
poverty through 2009 when the current census poverty data
for the county becomes available in mid-2002.
The report was compiled with support from a CSUS Research
and Creative Activity Award Program grant, at the request
of a Sacramento coalition seeking to enact a "living
wage" ordinance in the City of Sacramento.
More information is available by contacting Mogull at either
(916) 278-7142 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media assistance
is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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