Census Data Show Poverty’s Creep, Lasting Effects of Recession


September 13, 2011


The Census Bureau’s Tuesday report that nearly 46.2 million Americans — one in six citizens — live in poverty shouldn’t be entirely surprising given that economic conditions have continued to worsen in the more than two years since the Great Recession officially ended. Just this month, the federal government reported that the national unemployment rate remains at an abysmal 9.1%, and a record 45.8 million receive food stamps. But the new Census data are arresting nonetheless.
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