By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Newly released U.S. Census figures show
the economic downturn pushed more Alabamians into poverty and
depressed household incomes overall.

The one-year statistical changes since 2008 were released on Tuesday. They paint a bleak economic picture in Alabama, with more
people living on less income and needing more public assistance.

In 2009, 17.5 percent of Alabama's population, or 804,683 people, lived below the poverty level, well above the national figure of 14.3 percent and a 13.1 percent increase from 2008.

For a four-person household with two children, the poverty level is $21,756 in annual income, according to the methodology used by the Census Bureau that takes into account the size of the family, the number of children and the age of the head of the household.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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