Poverty in America

Associated Press
This Sept. 14, 2011 photo shows Thomas McDaniel, left, Brandi Wells, and her 10-month-old son Logan Tanner Wells on the porch of their apartment in Kingwood, W.Va. Wells, a single mom, is struggling to find a job and care for her 10-month-old son. "I didn't realize that it could go so bad so fast," she says. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)

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New Census Bureau data shows nearly 16 percent of Americans live below the poverty line— a record 49.1 million people. Though the labor market has struggled to gain traction in recent months, the ranks of America's poor continue to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s.

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