One of Seven Americans Lives in Poverty
Posted on Sep 17, 2010
One out of every seven Americans lived through 2009 in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Working Americans haven’t been this poor in 50 years. The poverty line—$21,954 or less annual income for a family of four—is quite low and the number of Americans struggling to get by is much higher still.
One in seven Americans was living in poverty in 2009 with the level of working-age poor the highest since the 1960s, the US Census Bureau says.
The number of people in poverty increased by nearly 4m - to 43.6m - between 2008 and 2009, officials said.
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