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Poverty in the United States: 2008
In 2008, 39.8 million people were counted as poor in the U.S. — an increase of 2.6 million persons from 2007, and nearly the largest number of persons counted as poor since 1960. The poverty rate was reported at 13.2%; this is up from 12.5% in 2007, and is the highest rate since 1997. The recent increase in poverty reflects the worsening of economic conditions since the onset of the economic recession in 12/07. Contents of this report: (1) Trends in Poverty; (2) Definition of Poverty; (3) Poverty Among: Racial and Ethnic Minorities; Nativity and Citizenship Status; Children; Adults with Low Education, Unemployment, or Disability; The Aged; (4) Receipt of Welfare Among the Poor; (5) Geography of Poverty. App.: U.S. Poverty Statistics: 1959-2008.
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