For some time now, the struggling U.S. economy has dominated headlines and shaped conversation among Americans. New data released Tuesday in a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States (pdf),” paints an even starker picture of the challenges our nation faces: The U.S. poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent in 2010 — up from 14.3 percent in 2009, and to its highest level since 1993. About 46.2 million people are now considered in poverty — 2.6 million more than last year. That’s nearly 1 in 6 people. More Americans were living in poverty in 2010 than at any time since at least the 1950s. The situation has hit black populations the...
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