Sustain-Ability?   /   Summer 2012   /    Short Takes

Poverty in America

The Great Recession was officially declared over in June 2009, but the number of people in poverty has continued  to rise—reaching 46.2 million in 2010—and is expected to increase further, despite the ongoing economic recovery.  Recent declines in  the unemployment rate are mainly attributable to people giving up on the job  search, and of  those  still looking, one-third, more than four million people,  have been unemployed for over a year. As  unemployment insurance benefits expire, the ranks of  the “new poor” will likely  swell in the years ahead.

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