Amid a still struggling economy, more people in America fell below the poverty line last year, according to new census data released Tuesday.
The nation’s poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993. In 2009, 14.3% of people in America were living in poverty.
“The results are not surprising given the economy,” said Paul Osterman, author of “Good Jobs America,” and a labor economist at MIT. “You would expect with so many people unemployed, the poverty rate would go up. It’s just another sign of what a difficult time this is for so many people.”
About 46.2 million people are now considered in poverty, 2.6 million more than last year.