The poverty data from 2009 to 2012 reveals many interesting detail on the state of the US citizens.  As discussed in the Equal Pay blog, women experience the most variance in data from men.  This covers all aspects of poverty.

  • Although 15% of Americans live in poverty, women represent 16% to men’s 13%.
  • Women remain in poverty longer, 6.6 months to men’s 6.2 months.
  • Women only households earned on average $35,000 compared to men’s $51,000.
  • By region, Southerners experienced a longer period of poverty with 7.1 months compared to 6.2 months for Northeast, 5.8 months for Midwest, and 5.1 months in the West.
  • Other segment groups with high variance from the mean , at least 8 months of poverty, include people over 65 years of age, Americans without high school diplomas, African-Americans, and separated / divorced / widowed citizens.

LEAN SIX SIGMA TEACHING POINT:  As we witness variance, we know we have a good opportunity for a Black Belt project to optimize the process.  This case provides many areas for improvement.  As you start the DMAIC process, what areas would you concern yourself to attempt to fix?  Provide your comments and lets develop a business case and problem statement to provide to you elective representative to address this issue.

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Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior

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