Poverty may have declined slightly this year across the
nation for the first time this decade, but in
the problem is only getting worse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s report
on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the
poverty rate last year declined by point-three points, to 12.3 percent. The
number, however, still represents 36.5 million Americans, a staggering 35
percent of whom are children.
And despite the sort-of-good-news on the national front, according
to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, the situation in the city is
even worse. In 2006, the Coalition says, there were almost 1,550,000 people living
in poverty in the city—about 30,000 more than in 2005. The survey also found
that there are more people in the country living without health insurance, with
47 million uninsured nationwide.
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