On Monday, the Census Bureau released a new poverty measure created by the Obama administration. Based on this new calculation, census officials assert that more than 49 million Americans are poor — roughly 3 million more than they reported in September’s annual poverty report.
The news was previewed last week in an Associated Press story, which reported that “the ranks of America’s poorest poor have climbed to a record high” according to the Census Bureau. It said the data also indicate poverty is spreading further into mainstream America.
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