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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 01:05 PM

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

Source: Reuters

Direct cash payments to households and generous unemployment benefits helped to keep millions of Americans out of poverty after the coronavirus pandemic severely disrupted the U.S. economy and pushed people out of work, according to a government survey released on Tuesday.

The stimulus payments the federal government sent out to most U.S. households in the middle of the pandemic helped to lift 11.7 million people out of poverty last year, the U.S. Census Bureau said. Support offered through jobless benefits, which were enhanced with federal funds, also helped as unemployment soared because of the crisis, the report showed.

"I think this really shows the importance of the social safety net, said Liana Fox, chief of the Census Bureau's poverty statistics branch.

The poverty rate dropped to 9.1% in 2020 from 11.8% in 2019, according to a measure that takes into account government support offered through programs such as food assistance and the stimulus checks.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-median-income-dropped-2020-poverty-rose-census-data-shows-2021-09-14/

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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:57 PM

1. I suspect what really helped lift many up was the extra unemployment money

they were getting which imo really highlights how badly many workers are being treated by their employers in regards to pay.

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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:59 PM

2. kind of misleading

The poverty line is set based on data from one or more years ago. Whereas the cost of food basic necessities and energy have all gone up. I'm glad the current administration and congress have been doing what they have but this statistic is misleading.

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