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"Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2009." US Census Bureau Report, September 2010.

"Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2009." US Census Bureau Report, September 2010.

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Poverty in the United States is the highest in fifteen years, and trends indicate it may get worse. The share of residents in poverty climbed to 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest level recorded since 1994. The rise was steepest for children, with one in five affected, the bureau said. One indirect sign of continuing hardship is the rise in food stamp recipients, who now include nearly one in seven adults and an even greater share of the nation’s children. While other factors as well as declining incomes have driven the rise, by mid-2010 the number of recipients had reached 41.3 million, compared with 39 million at the beginning of the year.
Poverty in the United States is the highest in fifteen years, and trends indicate it may get worse. The share of residents in poverty climbed to 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest level recorded since 1994. The rise was steepest for children, with one in five affected, the bureau said. One indirect sign of continuing hardship is the rise in food stamp recipients, who now include nearly one in seven adults and an even greater share of the nation’s children. While other factors as well as declining incomes have driven the rise, by mid-2010 the number of recipients had reached 41.3 million, compared with 39 million at the beginning of the year.

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Most people (55.8 percent) were cov-
ered by an employment-based health
insurance plan for some or all of
2009. The rate of employment-based
coverage in 2009 was lower than the
rate in 2008. This is the lowest rate
of employment-based coverage since
1987, the frst year that comparable

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