Thursday, September 16, 2010

Poverty increases to highest point in the U.S. since the 1960s

According to the Census Bureau, 14.3 percent of Americans live in poverty, and the ranks of the working poor have climbed to the highest level since 1965.

Reportedly, 43.6 million people, or one in seven, lived in poverty last year. This number is up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, during 2008. In addition to the rise in the working poor, the number of people without health insurance has risen from 46.3 million to 50.7 million people, due to employer-provided health insurance ending for so many people who have lost their jobs.

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