2017 Supplemental Poverty Measure Thresholds Changes After CE Reprocessing

Reprocessing of the Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey data after the publication date of the 2017 SPM thresholds created changes in the distribution of food, clothing, shelter, and utilities (FCSU) expenditures. The 2017 thresholds resulting from this reprocessing are displayed below alongside those previously published in August 2018. Reprocessed and published thresholds are statistically significantly different at the 5 percent level. SPM thresholds for Owners with mortgages increased by $2, Owners without mortgage increased by $24, and Renters decreased by $18. Published thresholds will remain as they are, but individuals attempting to recreate the 2017 thresholds will only be able to reproduce the reprocessed results.

Thresholds and shares are produced within the Division of Price and Index Number Research (DPINR), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These threshold ds and statistics are produced for research purposes only using the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey. The thresholds and shares are not BLS production quality. This work is solely that of DPINR researchers and does not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the views of other staff members within this agency.

 
BLS Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) with FCSU
Thresholds1 2017 Reprocessed 2017 Published

SPM Owners with mortgages

$27,087 $27,085

Standard error

$267 $276

SPM Owners without mortgages

$23,285 $23,261

Standard error

$473 $471

SPM Renters

$26,987 $27,005

Standard error

$258 $263
Expenditure Shares of SPM Thresholds1

SPM Owners with mortgages

Food

0.294 0.294

Clothing

0.041 0.041

Shelter

0.334 0.334

Utilities

0.167 0.167

Other

0.164 0.164

SPM Owners without mortgages

Food

0.342 0.343

Clothing

0.047 0.048

Shelter

0.194 0.194

Utilities

0.227 0.225

Other

0.190 0.191

SPM Renters

Food

0.295 0.295

Clothing

0.041 0.041

Shelter

0.365 0.365

Utilities

0.135 0.135

Other

0.164 0.164

1Based on out-of-pocket expenditures for food, clothing, shelter and utilities (FCSU) including repayment of mortgage principal for owned occupied housing.

 
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with FCSU and FCSUM 2017 Reprocessed 2017 Published
Thresholds

FCSU-CE1

$28,054 $28,059

FCSU2

$30,177 $30,189

FCSUM-CE1

$32,456 $32,474

FCSUM2

$34,388 $34,429
Medical shares of NAS thresholds

FCSUM-CE1

0.102 0.102

FCSUM2

0.095 0.095

1Based on out-of-pocket expenditures for food, clothing, utilities (FCU) and CE publication definition for shelter (S); thus repayments of mortgage principal are not included. Medical care expenditures included in thresholds identified as FCSUM.

2Based on out-of-pocket expenditures for FCSU and FCSUM including repayment of mortgage principal.

Last Modified Date: September 10, 2019