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Poverty persists but more have healthcare
Los Angeles Times

A steadily growing job market and higher minimum-wage laws in pockets of the country failed to reduce the nation’s poverty rate last year or reverse the long-running trend of stagnating incomes for most American households.

The Census Bureau’s annual figures on income and poverty, released Wednesday, came as a disappointing surprise to experts.

Many analysts had expected that the improving economy would reduce the poverty level for a second straight year. But the share of people in the U.S. living in poverty was 14.8% last year, essentially unchanged from 2013.