U.S. Poverty Rate Hits 14.3%; 44 Million Are Poor

“The Great Recession” is causing larger demographic changes than any in history. 1 in 7 Americans are currently living in poverty. This up from 13.2 percent in 2008, with more than 3.7 million more Americans crossing the poverty threshold in the last year. The 43.6 million people living in poverty is the largest number of poor people in the United States in the 51 years that records have been kept and it’s the highest rate since 1994.

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