N.J. poverty rates hit all-time high, Camden fares well

    A new report shows that while Camden’s poverty rates improved during the recent recession, the state’s overall figures grew by nearly 2 percent.


    According to philly.com, a record 885,000 New Jersey residents lived below the poverty line in 2010: and 300,000 of them were children.

    But when the “working poor” are factored in to the equation, figures show the number of children living in poverty coming in at twice the rate and topping 600,000.

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    New Jersey’s Legal Services created the report, titled Poverty Benchmarks 2012. It was compiled using the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey Figures.

    Researchers describe how changes to the state’s welfare program have left thousands of residents without the support for which they applied.

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