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Poverty Grows, Incomes Drop in CT



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    Poverty grows in Connecticut, but the state is doing well compared to rest of the country.

    Poverty keeps going up and incomes keep going down in Connecticut, but the state is doing well compared to the rest of the country.

    New figures from the U.S. Census Department show that 9.4 percent of people in Connecticut were living in poverty in 2009, compared to 9.3 percent in 2008 and the median household income went down from $68,283 to $67,034.

    Only Maryland, Alaska and New Hampshire had lower percentages of poverty, reports the Connecticut Post, and only Maryland and New Jersey had higher median incomes, but 14.3 percent of Americans had incomes below poverty level in 2009.

    Connecticut Voices for Children is a research-based think tank that analyzed the Census data and said, while there was no statistically significant increase in the state's poverty rate from 2008 to 2009, Connecticut did have the largest increase in poverty of any state between 2007 and 2008.

    The organization is calling on lawmakers to avoid budget cuts that will just worsen the problem.

    "The worst thing we can do during a difficult recession is to undercut supports for Connecticut families," said Executive Director Jamey Bell.