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Nearly 70M Americans receive benefits from Social Security Admin programs | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 23, 2022

In 2020, 69.8 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration, according to the federal agency. 

What Americans are saying about their financial health | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 16, 2022

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they are prepared for a financial emergency, compared to 30 percent who said they were not prepared. Another 21 percent of respondents said they didn’t know if they were prepared for a financial emergency or not. 

Affordable for whom? The cost of child care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 9, 2022

Child care should take up no more than 7 percent of a families’ income in order to be considered “affordable,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Pa.’s litter problem | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 25, 2022

Of the total estimated litter on roadways, the study found that 186.2 million (37.1 percent) pieces were cigarette butts. Another 152.9 million (30.4 percent) pieces of litter were plastic, most prevalently plastic film and plastic beverage containers, according to the study. 

The state of emissions in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 18, 2022

In its 278-page 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan, the Department of Environmental Protection noted that as of 2017, the most recent year for which data were  available at the time of the report, Pennsylvania has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 19.2 percent - 6.8 percent away from its 2025 goal. 

Report: These Pa. counties received an ‘F’ for air quality | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 11, 2022

In 2021, the ALA compiled its 22nd edition of the report, finding that more than four in 10 Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution. 

The Clean Water Act at 50: A closer look at Pa.’s waterways | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 4, 2022

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection oversees the enforcement of the federal CWA for waterways in the commonwealth, which includes approximately 85,500 miles of rivers and streams, according to the department. 

Here’s the gender pay gap by state. Where did Pa. fall? | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 28, 2022

The last edition of The Numbers Racket for the month of March delves into the gender pay gap, or the measure of what women are paid relative to their male counterparts in the United States. 

A look at Women’s health in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 21, 2022

While Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the unique achievements and accomplishments of women of all races, ethnicities, creeds and orientations, it is also a time to discuss key issues affecting women in the United States and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

State park entrance fees across the nation. How does Pa. stack up? | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 14, 2022

And while Pennsylvania’s state parks are free to visitors, did you know that just nine states have completely fee-free state parks?

A majority of Americans haven’t heard about redistricting in their state | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 7, 2022

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 85 percent of Americans said they have heard a little or nothing at all about legislative redistricting in their state.

Majority of Americans say affordable housing is a problem | The Numbers Racket

BY: - February 28, 2022

Forty-nine percent of respondents to the Pew study said that affordable housing is a major problem in their local community, while another 36 percent said it was a minor problem in their local community.