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Number of Americans in poverty hits record high

By Archean
Sep 13, 2011
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  1. The number of Americans living in poverty rose to a record 46.2 million last year, official data has shown. This is the highest figure since the US Census Bureau started collecting the data in 1959.

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    In percentage terms, the poverty rate rose to 15.1%, up from 14.3% in 2009. Poverty among African Americans / Hispanics significantly higher. This latest Census Bureau report also states that the average annual US household income fell 2.3% in 2010 to $49,445. The number of Americans without health insurance is around 50 million.
     

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