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US census figures show rise in poverty

The US census figures from 2009, Obama's first year of presidency, show a rise of 14.3% in the number of people living in poverty.

They confirm that as many as 1 in 7 Americans qualified as poor in 2009 - the biggest jump since records began in the 1950s.

Michelle Fleury reports from Poughkeepsie in upstate New York, where the poverty rate is above the national average.

  • 16 Sep 2010
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