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Government officials, advocacy groups and economists in the United States are grappling with solutions to reduce high poverty rates. The U.S. Census Bureau says that last year, the number of poor Americans was the highest since such data started being collected five decades ago.
People living in poverty in the United States in 2009 was 14.3 percent, according to the Census Bureau, nearly a full percentage point higher than the previous year.
In terms of overall numbers, the bureau says 43.6
Originally posted by Jakwon
reply to post by ironfalcon
Poverty is avoidable, especially since this isn't a third world country. Yes, people have been forced to be tighter with their money, and yes, people have lost Jobs and unemployment is on the rise (or at least climax), but this is no reason for people to be completely bankrupt and poverty stricken.
In my opinion, I blame it on Government handouts, and the fact that people have become too cozy with Government based benefits.
Poverty is avoidable, especially since this isn't a third world country.