Census Bureau: US Poverty Rate Stood at 15 Percent in 2011, Record Numbers of Poor Continue

The Washington Post

September 12, 2012


The ranks of America’s poor remained stuck at record levels, although dwindling unemployment benefits and modest job gains helped stave off what experts had predicted would be the fourth rise in a row in the poverty rate. With joblessness persistently high, the gap between rich and poor increased in the last year, according to two major census measures.
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