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September 22, 2009


Hispanic Link - The U.S. economic recession is hitting Hispanic households harder in the pocketbook than it is affecting other ethnic or racial groups, according to a new U.S. Census analysis. Overall, there were 39.8 million persons living in poverty in this country last year (13.2%) vs. 37.3 million the year before (12.5 %). For Hispanics, the rate jumped 1.7%, up to 23.2%, more than double that percentage increase for any other group. . . Real medium household income fell 3.6% for all groups — $52,163 to $50,303. Hispanics suffered the greatest decline at 5.6%, dropping to $37,913. Their tumble rate was double that of whites as well as blacks.


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