US Poverty Hits Record Levels

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September 14, 2011

"'The Census data highlight the serious hardship facing many American families in the current economic crisis," said Elizabeth Grayer of women's campaign group Legal Momentum. 'The data indicate increased poverty and a continuing gender poverty gap in the United States, facts that underscore the need for a social safety net that is accessible and adequate.'"

"'The 40.7 percent poverty rate for solo mother families was 68 per cent greater than the 24.2 percent rate for solo father families,' a Legal Momentum memo said."