US Census reveals growing poverty in the USA

US Census reveals growing poverty in the USA

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011
More people are poor in America than at any time since the Census Bureau began tracking data on poverty 52 years ago.

Newly published U.S. Census Bureau findings on poverty in the United States shows that the number of poor increased to record highs in 2010, with 1 in 6 Americans being considered poor, and 1 in 5 U.S. Children living in poverty. According to the Census, US Blacks and Hispanics accounted for 54% of the poor with whites at 9.9% and Asians, 12.1%.

Employer provided health benefits also declined, and now under 50 million Americans have health insurance provided by their employers. Democracy Now interviews with Heidi Shierholz, labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

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