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Women and Social Security Alert (May 2012)

 

IWPR's Women and Social Security Alert (WomenSSA)

EMAIL ALERT ON WOMEN AND SOCIAL SECURITY (No. 44)

May 2012


 

The Women and Social Security Email Alert produced by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) provides women-oriented information on and analysis of proposed changes in Social Security, up-to-date developments in the debate, and current research and statistics. The alert also includes announcements of key activities on Social Security, especially those of special interest to women. This e-mail alert is part of IWPR's mission to keep women's concerns at the center of current policy debates.

 

ITEMS IN THIS ALERT

In the News

  • Media Misrepresents 2012 Social Security Trustees Report

New Research

  • The Urban Institute: Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans
  • The Urban Institute: Fact Sheet on Retirement Policy

 

 

IN THE NEWS

Media Misrepresents 2012 Social Security Trustees Report

In an article on the New America Media website, Paul Kleyman shows how a number of mainstream media outlets inflated the severity of the decline in Social Security's finances projected in the 2012 Social Security Trustees report, released on April 23, 2012. While the report projected that the Social Security Trust Fund would be drawn down by 2033, three years earlier than was predicted in last year's report, moderate reforms to the system are still all that is needed to pay full benefits from that point on, according to a brief from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

 

NEW RESEARCH

The Urban Institute: Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans

April 2012

Written by Richard Johnson and Janice Park, this document presents tables and graphs of trends in the unemployment rate by age, sex, race, and education since 2007. It indicates some notable disparities in how different groups fared in terms of their unemployment rates during the recession and recovery.

The Urban Institute: Fact Sheet on Retirement Policy

April 2012

This fact sheet, written by Barbara Butrica, analyzes changes in retirement account balances from 2007 to 2012. The fact sheet shows a decrease of trillions of dollars in retirement accounts following the 2008 stock market crash. However, since then account balances have fully recovered and for the last two quarters have increased.

 

 

In January 2005, just as the debate on Social Security reform was getting underway, we launched the IWPR Women and Social Security Alert (WomenSSA). According to the positive feedback we received from you – our colleagues, our members, and advocates on this issue – this special alert system has proven to be a comprehensive resource in helping you to stay at the forefront of this topic and its effect on women. Please help us continue to produce this beneficial resource by contributing to our special Women and Social Security Alert Fund today! With your help, we will ensure the continued distribution of this important information on Social Security reform and those most affected – women. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE NOW!


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