2018-09-13 11:19:38 UTC
Liberal California's poverty rate is still the highest in the nation,
despite state efforts
Newly released federal estimates show California's poverty rate remained the
highest in the nation, despite a modest fall, and the state's falling
uninsured rate slowed for the first time since before Medicaid expansion.
According to the Census Bureau, the share of Californians in poverty fell to
19 percent - a 1.4 percent decrease from last year. However, policy experts
warned that in spite of the good news more than 7 million people still
struggle to get by in the state.
The poverty figures released Wednesday are said to paint the best picture of
life for California's working poor since it encompasses income from
government programs and factors in the high cost of living in some corners
of the state.
Although California has a vigorous economy and a number of safety net
programs to aid needy residents, it's often not enough to forestall economic
hardship for one out of every five residents, the data show.
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