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Poverty in US down slightly.

WASHINGTON According to the Census Bureau's new statistics, released Sept.16, poverty in the United States is down, 1 but only slightly.

The actual number of people living v in poverty in 2013 is unchanged at 45.3 million, but because of continued population growth in the United States, the percentage of Americans living in poverty is down 0.5 percentage points, from 15.0 percent to 14.5 percent.

_ "We'd expect poverty to drop now that we're in the fifth year of an economic recovery, right?" asked Gregory Acs, director of the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

Acs' comment alludes to the intractability of poverty and the long, tough slog it is trying to get tens of millions out of poverty, given that 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."

While some skirmishes were won in that war--senior citizens, for instance, are far from the brink of economic disaster as they had been two generations ago--poverty persists across all demographic groups.

Even among non-Hispanic whites, the most affluent of demographic groups, the poverty rate is 9.6 percent.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Statistical data
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 10, 2014
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