Economy USA

U.S. Poverty Rate 15.1 percent

WASHINGTON – The Census Bureau reports that the United States 15.1 percent of Americans now live in poverty, the highest percentage in 27 years.

Approximately 46.2 million Americans, or one in six people live in poverty, compared to 43.6 million – or 14.3 percent – in 2009. This is the highest figure since 1983.

Just under 50 million Americans living without health insurance also, mainly because of job losses caused by the recession.

The median household income was U.S. $ 49 445 US, down 2.3 percent since 2009.

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