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Census Bureau: 'Real' Poverty Level in US Higher Than Official Figures

The U.S. government says one in six Americans lived at or below the poverty level last year - about 50 million people in total. That figure is three million people more than were listed in a report two months ago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the new figure is based on a revised formula that is more true-to-life because it includes people who received government benefits that helped lift them out of poverty. An American family of four is officially designated as living in poverty if ...

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