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Poverty Levels Rise Post-Pandemic

September 14th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

The US Census Bureau released its Supplemental Poverty Measure which looks at poverty rates in the U.S.  The poverty rate among children saw the most dramatic increase, more than doubling from 5.2% in 2021 to 12.4% last year. Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Special Correspondent, told PBS Newshour that cuts in pandemic era programs and other increasing costs caused the increase…

The Census Bureau said that Social Security was the most important “antipoverty” program in 2022, lifting 28.9 million people out of the supplemental poverty measure.  Overall, data shows that 10.5% of the population is in poverty.