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Census report shows increase in U.S. poverty rate
By Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6
Washington, D.C. – The Census Bureau reports the number of
Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year
About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty.
That's up from 43.6 million, or 14.3 percent, in 2009. It was the
highest level since 1983.
The number of people lacking health insurance increased to 49.9
million, a new high after revisions were made to 2009 figures.
Losses were due mostly to working-age Americans who lost
employer-provided insurance in the weak economy. Main provisions of
the health overhaul don't take effect until 2014.
The statistics released Tuesday cover 2010, when U.S.
unemployment averaged 9.6 percent, up from 9.3 percent the previous
The median - or midpoint - household income was $49,445, a 2.3
decline from 2009.