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Poverty in the U.S. Declined Thanks to Government Aid, Census Report Shows

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Taking into account government benefits, a smaller share of the population was living in poverty in 2020 even as the pandemic eliminated millions of jobs.
The coronavirus pandemic last year left millions of people out of work and set off the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression. Yet the share of people living in poverty in the United States last year actually declined by at least one measure because of the government's enormous relief effort.

About 9.1 percent of Americans were poor last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, down from 11.8 percent in 2019. That is based on a measure of poverty that accounts for the impact of government aid…
Ben Casselman, Jeanna Smialek
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