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AP News: Poverty Rate Rises to 12.7 Percent

For every year since Bush has been in office, the number of poor people in the US has gone up, and this year is no exception. We are now at 12.7% of Americans -- 37 million of us -- are living at or below the poverty level, 1/3rd of them are children.

You can find the entire report online here...and the AP news summarizes that:


"...the number of Americans who fell into poverty rose to 37 million — up 1.1 million from 2003 — according toCensus Bureau figures released Tuesday.

It marks the fourth straight increase in the government's annual poverty measure...

'America should be showing true leadership on the great moral issues of our time — like poverty — instead of allowing these situations to get worse,' said
John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate. He has started a poverty center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Overall, the nation's poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year. Of the 37 million living below the poverty level, close to a third were children.

The last decline in overall poverty was in 2000, during the Clinton administration, when 31.1 million people lived under the threshold. Since then, the number of people in poverty has increased steadily from 32.9 million in 2001, when the economy slipped into recession, to 35.8 million in 2003.
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