Record number of Americans living in poverty


MSNBC.com
September 16, 2010

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The number of people living in poverty in America rose by nearly 4 million to 43.6 million in 2009 — the largest figure in the 51 years for which poverty estimates are available — the Census Bureau said Thursday.

The bureau said in a statement that the official poverty rate was 14.3 percent, or 1 in 7 of Americans, the highest proportion of the population since 1994.

It was the third consecutive annual increase, up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008.

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The bureau added that there were 8.8 million families living in poverty in 2009.

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