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Numbers of uninsured, poor set to increase

August 20, 2009

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— The numbers of poor and uninsured Americans are likely rising — with more than 38.8 million believed to be in poverty.

Rebecca Blank, the Commerce Department’s undersecretary of economic affairs, spoke to The Associated Press in advance of next month’s closely watched release of 2008 census data.

Noting the figures are not yet final, Blank said the numbers will likely show a “statistically significant” increase in the poverty rate, to at least 12.7 percent.

That would represent a jump of more than 1.5 million poor people last year.

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