September 24, 2022
Census data: Poverty declines in California
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – By one measure, poverty in California has taken a big hit.

New Census data, put the numbers in a different light.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) takes into consideration cash income from employment, benefits from the largest cash, housing, and nutrition assistance programs, and tax credits.

Poverty fell to 11 percent in 2021, a 5-point-6 percent decrease from the prior year. The rate of children in poverty was cut in half to 7.5%.

Poverty typically rises during recessions as employment weakens—but with the COVID-19 economy, the outcome has been different, both nationally and in California.
Story Date: September 23, 2022
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