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Poverty Growing in CT as Many Still Impacted by the Great Recession

25 September 2013
Connecticut Voices for Children

The impact of the Great Recession continues to be felt by many of Connecticut’s families, with a startling 119,000 of the state’s children under 18 living under the federal poverty line in 2011, according to Poverty Rising Recently in Connecticut, a new report by Connecticut Voices for Children.  At the start of the Great Recession, Connecticut had the highest increase in child poverty in the nation, rising from 7.9% in 2007 to 9.3% in 2008. From 2010 to 2011 Connecticut experienced the 5th highest increase in child poverty from 12.8% to 14.9%.

While the increase in child poverty increased more than overall poverty, Connecticut still saw a significant increase in residents living in poverty, rising from 7.3% in 2001 to 10.9% in 2011. That translates into 378,000 residents living below the poverty level in 2011 which was $22,811 for a two-parent household with two children.

The report by Connecticut Voices for Children - Poverty Rising Recently in Connecticut - was released on September 20 and used data from the 2012 American Community Survey for its analysis.

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