Poverty in America

Associated Press
In this Sept. 15, 2011 photo, Judith Odyssey gets some help from her ex-husband Bill Ricker in the trailer home they share, in Hartford, Maine. They divorced around 1995 and she moved out. But he offered to let her move back in nine years ago when she was going through a rough time, and she now lives in the other end of the trailer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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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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