Key findings from this second national human development report for the U.S. reveal new information on three core indicators of well-being and access to opportunity: life expectancy, median personal earnings, and access to education.
Broken down into state and congressional district-levels, as well as for race and ethnicities and genders, we found startling disparities within the nation:
- In the 2007 -- 9 Great Recession, college graduates faced a combined unemployment and underemployment rate of 1 in 10; the rate for high school dropouts was greater than 1 in 3.
- An African American baby born today in DC has a life expectancy 12 years shorter than that of a white baby, at 71 years.
- Asian Americans in Connecticut have an average life span 26 years longer than Native Americans in South Dakota.
- Men earn more than women across all racial and ethnic groups, with the greatest disparity among whites, at $15,500 a year.
The full report concludes with a set of recommendations for priority actions required to improve scores on the Index, and to address pressing issues and close the stark gaps that continue to separate groups.