Graphing Assignment 2

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GRAPHING ASSIGNMENT 2 In this graphing assignment I have decided to compare the following two graphs: Figure 1. Wisconsin Poverty Rates under Three Measures, 2008-2011 And Figure 4. Poverty in Wisconsin in 2011 by Measure: Overall and for Children and the Elderly (As seen on page two) To better compare these to drafts I will be answering the following questions in order: 1. What do these graphs show and how are they related to each other (other than being from the same report, that is)? 2. Where does the data come from for these graphs? How was it generated or analyzed to produce the graphs? 3. What things are positively or negatively correlated in these graphs and do both graphs show similar trends in these correlations? 4. How are the graphs different from each other? 5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, what conclusions can we draw about poverty in Wisconsin as a result of these graphs? Has it gotten better or worse in recent years? 1. What do these graphs show and how are they related to each other: The first graph contains three measures, they are: a measure based on market (private) income only; the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure; and the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM). As you can see from the graph the poverty rate actually went down over the four years it was measured, even though it ended with a 4% increase. But it’s important to note the difference between the more comprehensive WPM and the official measure is that the WPM takes into account the increases in noncash benefits and tax credits, which offset the drop in market income in Wisconsin in all three years. Now in contrast to this graph, the second graph (figure 4) measures two different age group poverty levels, along with a category for Wisconsin people as... ... middle of paper ... ...earchers at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) have developed to better a comprehensive set of needs and resources in Wisconsin. Now the second graph (figure 4) takes the three categories that were presented in the first graph and attached to two specific age groups and a category for all of Wisconsin. 5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, what conclusions can we draw about poverty in Wisconsin as a result of these graphs? Has it gotten better or worse in recent years: The Wisconsin Poverty Measure provides new insight into poverty in Wisconsin after the onset of the Great Recession. The official poverty measure finds that Wisconsin families had lower cash resources in 2011 than they did in 2010, so poverty did in fact rise. It is also important to note that the negative effects of the recession didn’t just effect the poor and near-poor, but also the lower middle class.