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Poverty Continues to Climb in the United States, Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels in New Hampshire

September 13, 2011 Research, State Economy
Manchester NH

While New Hampshire’s poverty rate is markedly lower than that of the nation, it is still substantially higher than it was several years ago, reflecting the state’s ongoing difficulties in bouncing back from the recession.

According to preliminary Census Bureau figures, approximately 94,000 Granite Staters – or 7.2 percent of the state’s population – lived in poverty during the two-year period from 2009 to 2010. For the nation as a whole, 46.2 million people had incomes below the poverty line in 2010, resulting in a poverty rate of 15.1 percent.

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Poverty on the Rise Across the US and in New Hampshire

September 16, 2010 State Economy
Manchester NH

The US Census Bureau’s annual report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage reveals a sizable increase in the national poverty rate in 2009 with a similarly sharp upturn in poverty in New Hampshire. A poverty rate of 7.4 percent suggests that roughly 97,000 people in New Hampshire had incomes below the official poverty line during the 2008-2009 period.

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.