Florida poverty rate rise more widespread than the rest of US

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Thirty nine Florida counties, (58 percent) experienced statistically significant increases in poverty rates for school-aged children between 2007 and 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday as part of a national snapshot on economic well being that indicated that nearly one in five U.S. school children live below the poverty line via The News Service of Florida. Florida counties were more than twice as likely to see statistically significant increases for the period. Nationally, about 23 percent of counties experienced higher poverty levels. The data released Tuesday included a conpendium of stats on median income and trends tracking economic data since the “Great Recession” officially kicked in.

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