People line up at a food delivery site in the South Bronx in New York City on March 10, 2021.
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Poverty fell in 2020 thanks to a measure that implemented significant federal aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, including stimulus checks and an increase in unemployment benefits.
According to a report released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau, the so-called additional poverty rate, which adds government assistance to low-income people, fell to 9.1% in 2020 from 11.8% a year. former.
This is its lowest level since it was first published in 2009. The poverty line for a family of four in 2020 was below $ 26,496.
True, the official poverty rate, which does not include any government assistance, rose slightly to 11.4% in 2020, from a record low of 10.5% in 2019, according to the Census Bureau.
Yet a drop in the supplement rate means that government assistance provided during the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn that followed – the worst since the Great Depression – lifted millions of Americans out of poverty last year.
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