To determine how many people will get $1,200 in every state, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed earnings and household type data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample. Based on the March 2020 economic impact payment distribution guidelines issued by the Internal Revenue Service, we counted the number of single U.S. citizen householders 18 and over without children who earned $75,000 or less in 2018, the number of householders 18 and over with no spouse present with children who earned $112,5000 or less in 2018, and the number of individuals in married-couple families that earned $150,000 or less in 2018. Those totals were taken as a share of all adults 18 and over with available data to determine the percentage of adults who are eligible for the $1,200 stimulus check.
Data on per capita income and poverty rate are also from the 2018 ACS. Data on the percentage of workers employed in high-risk industries is a 24/7 Wall St. calculation using 2018 annual employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and identification of high-risk industries from the March 2020 paper “COVID-19: A Fiscal Stimulus Plan” published by Moody’s Analytics, an economics research firm. Data on projected unemployment rate by state for July 2020 came from an April 2020 report published by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank.
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