GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's the sixth straight year in a row that poverty rates have not improved across the country.
The Census Bureau Report released Tuesday covers 2012 when U.S. unemployment was at 8.1 percent. The most recent August jobs report unemployment was 7.3 percent.
According to the Census about 1 in 7 lived in poverty last year, unchanged from 2011. Median household income also remained at $51,000. The numbers are still lower than when the recession started in 2007.
The numbers come as no surprise to people who work with low wage earners. Community Action helps people look for jobs, helps moms that need support, fuel assistance, and people that need food.
Clare Higgins, Executive Director of Community Action, told 22News, "The minimum wage is low compared to what people actually need to live on. If you're living on minimum wage you're probably going to be eligible for a number of other services which may or may not be available."
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