1 in 7 Americans in poverty in 2009, census says
September 17, 2010 Chicago Sun
BY FRANCINE KNOWLES Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org
A report Thursday showing that the ranks of the working-age poor in this country have climbed to the highest level since the 1960s came as no surprise to those who assist the poor in the Chicago area.
In 2009, the Census Bureau said, the overall poverty rate hit 14.3 percent -- or one in seven Americans -- with 43.6 million people living in poverty. That was up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008. The 2009 poverty level was set at $21,954 for a family of four.