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|February 26, 2017|
Poverty defies recession’s end
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – In spite of the end of the Great Recession, people living in poverty is an ongoing issue, especially for children.
In San Bernardino County, the 2015 child poverty rate was between 8.1 and 12.0 percentage points higher than in 2007. It was slightly less in neighboring Riverside County.
Statewide, poverty was more widespread in 2015 than at the onset of the recession in 30 out of the 40 counties for which data are available. Fifteen point three percent of residents struggled to get by in 2015 based on the US Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. This was 2.9 percentage points higher than in 2007 (12.4 percent), when the state poverty rate fell to a recent low.
In addition, 21.2 percent of California children lived in poverty in 2015 – 3.9 percentage points higher than in 2007.
Story Date: January 12, 2017