Poverty in the United States, and More from CRS

11.19.13 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

“In 2012, 46.5 million people were counted as poor in the United States,” according to a newly updated annual report from the Congressional Research Service.  “The number, statistically unchanged over the past three years, is the largest recorded in the measure’s 54-year history.”

“Poverty in the United States increased markedly from 2007 through 2010, in tandem with the economic recession (officially marked as running from December 2007 to June 2009). Little if any improvement in the level of ‘official’ U.S. poverty has been seen since the recession’s official end, with the poverty rate remaining at about 15% for the past three years.” See Poverty in the United States: 2012, November 13, 2013.

Other new or updated CRS reports that Congress has sought to withhold from online public distribution include the following.

China’s Political Institutions and Leaders in Charts, November 12, 2013

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress, November 13, 2013

Multilateral Development Banks: Overview and Issues for Congress, November 8, 2013

Georgia’s October 2013 Presidential Election: Outcome and Implications, November 4, 2013

Health Benefits for Members of Congress and Certain Congressional Staff, November 4, 2013