McClatchey has a series on poverty that is well worth reading…
WASHINGTON –The percentage of poor Americans who are living in
severe poverty has reached a 32-year high, millions of working
Americans are falling closer to the poverty line and the gulf between
the nation’s “haves” and “have-nots” continues to widen.
The McClatchy analysis found that the number of severely poor Americans
grew by 26 percent from 2000 to 2005. That’s 56 percent faster than the
overall poverty population grew in the same period. McClatchy’s review
also found statistically significant increases in the percentage of the
population in severe poverty in 65 of 215 large U.S. counties, and
similar increases in 28 states. The review also suggested that the rise
in severely poor residents isn’t confined to large urban counties but
extends to suburban and rural areas.