Food Insecurity and the Economy

  • July 09, 2014 12:42 PM
    Message # 3041928
    Deleted user
    This report examines the extent to which year-to-year changes in the prevalence of U.S. household food insecurity can be explained by changes in the national unemployment rate, inflation,
    and the price of food relative to other goods and services. Data are from the 2001-12 Current
    Population Survey Food Security Supplements and statistics on employment and prices from
    the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Understanding the strength and consistency of these associations can broaden understanding of how national and household economic conditions affect
    food insecurity. As an example, the report sheds light on why food security has remained essentially unchanged since the 2007-09 recession. Falling unemployment from early post-recession
    (2009-10) to 2012, absent any other changes, would suggest a modest decline in the prevalence
    of food insecurity. However, this report finds that potential improvement was almost exactly
    offset by the effects of higher inflation and the higher relative price of food in 2012.


    USDA Report Prevalence of US Food Insecurity June 2014.pdf


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