U.S. government aid helped reduce poverty in 2020, Census data shows

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The stimulus payments helped to lift 11.7 million people out of poverty last year, the U.S. Census Bureau said.
The report comes days after enhanced unemployment benefits expired across the country, a shift that threatens to slow economic growth after leaving millions of job seekers with smaller payouts or no benefits at all.

Some businesses and lawmakers hoped reducing benefits would lead to an uptick in job applicants, but economists say obstacles securing childcare and fears of the virus may still be keeping some people out of work.

President Joe Biden and other Democrats are pushing…
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