September 16, 2010 12:54 AM

More Americans are poor than ever before, census finds

The withering recession pushed the number of Americans living in poverty to a 51-year high in 2009 and left a record 50.7 million people without health insurance last year, the Census Bureau announced Thursday. The 43.6 million Americans who were poor in 2009 — up from 39.8 million in 2008 — was the most since poverty estimates were first published in 1959. And the national poverty rate of 14.3 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008, was the highest since 1994.

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