Poverty in America

Associated Press
In this Sept. 15, 2011 photo, Judith Odyssey sits at the kitchen table in the trailer she shares with her ex-husband Bill Ricker in Hartford, Maine. Odyssey divorced Ricker in 1995 and moved out. But her ex-husband 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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