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Severe poverty is setting new records

17 Sep 2010 by Jim Fickett.

I pointed out in an earlier post that the poverty rate was in a normal post-recession range. Robert Waldman at Angry Bear pointed out that the severe poverty rate, the fraction of the population living in households with less than half the poverty threshold, was, in fact, setting new records. Here is the data, comparing the severe poverty rate (black solid line, left axis) with the poverty rate (blue dashed line, right axis):

The two rates move very much in parallel, but the severe poverty rate has been slowly increasing relative to the poverty rate. Waldman suggests this is due to welfare reform.