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Year Over Year Decrease in Poverty Rate for First Time Since 2006

U.S. Census Bureau

In 2013 the poverty rate decreased from the previous year, the first time that has happened since 2006 according to a new report from the U.S Census Bureau. This is also the first time since 2000 that the poverty rate for children under 18 decreased from the previous year. While this is good news, there was no significant change in the actual number of people experiencing poverty.

The poverty rate dropped to 14.5% in 2013 from 15% in 2012 for a total of 45.3 million people living at or below the poverty level. The report included findings on income by race, region, sex, and age.

Click here to read the full report Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013  
Click here for a summary of the report. 


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