States saw little relief from poverty in the past year, especially among children, the unemployed and those in the lowest income brackets.
The latest Census figures show that 17 states had increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2010 and 2011. Only one state, Vermont, had a decrease; the other 32 showed no change.
Although the national poverty rate has been steady at 15.9%, the Census data show pockets of increases by geography and among demographic groups. The data reflect the economy’s slow recovery and anemic job growth, policy analysts say.
“The problem is high unemployment,” says Chuck Sheketoff, executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy….