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Economist James Sullivan Says Official Poverty Numbers Misleading

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The official poverty report the U.S. Census Bureau releases on September 16 is expected to show that the number of Americans defined as poor in 2009 increased by 2 to 3 percentage points—the largest year-to-year increase of the past 50 years.  But those figures don’t tell the whole story, says University of Notre Dame economist James Sullivan.

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