Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers: Poverty Edition

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Last month, we detailed the dismal state of the nation's economy. Now that the Census Bureau has released new poverty figures, we wanted to give you another snapshot of how Americans are faring more than two years after the recession. Americans below the poverty line in 2010: 46.2 million Official U.S. poverty rate in 2007, before the recession: 12.5 percent Poverty rate in 2009: 14.3 percent Poverty rate in 2010: 15.1 percent Last time the poverty level was this high: 1993 Poverty line in 2010: $22,314 for a family of four, or $11,139 for an individual Rough amount the poor are living on per week: $200 or less...

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