September 23, 2011
Infographic: Poverty Up, Incomes Cown in Most States
By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline; Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the percentage of people living in poverty — with household incomes below $22,350 for a family of four — has continued to rise. Data released Thursday (September 22) by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 20 states saw a 20 percent or higher increase in the poverty rate from 2007, just before the Great Recession began, to 2010. At the same time, family incomes dropped. In 16 states, median incomes fell more than 7 percent.