Well the new data confirms some of our worst fears. The Census data released today reveals that the US in 2009 had the largest number of Americans living in poverty in the 51 years that poverty has been measured, 43.6 million people, and the highest poverty rate, 14.3% since 1998. Millions more would have been in poverty without the safety net — the expansion of unemployment insurance alone kept 3.3 million out of poverty. While Pennsylvania was not his as hard as some other areas of the country, that is cold comfort indeed.
Census data worst in 51 years