12:52pm

Tue September 13, 2011
WVAS Local

Census report shows increase in U.S. poverty rate

Washington, D.C. – The Census Bureau reports the number of
Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year
high.
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
year.
The median - or midpoint - household income was $49,445, a 2.3
decline from 2009.