America’s poverty rate falls while household incomes remain the same

By Alfred Lubrano


Such was the mixed bag of findings in much-anticipated reports released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau that examined economic data last year. The figures did not include information on poverty levels in cities and counties; that report is due out on Sept. 26.

Although some of the numbers appeared hopeful, poverty experts saw cracks and caveats among the flood of good-news statistics. It caused Kathy Fisher, policy director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, to wonder: “How many people are really making progress?”

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