Poverty Falls to Pre-Recession Levels

The official poverty rate for the U.S. fell to 12.7 percent in 2016, statistically no different than the poverty rate before the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, according to data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The most dramatic declines were among children, blacks, Hispanics, noncitizens, and those residing in the Northeast.

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Publication Date: 
September, 2017