Poverty on the Rise in New York and Nation in 2009: Federal Assistance Lessened Recession’s Impact

September 16, 2010. The Census Bureau today released state-level data showing that the poverty rate in New York State rose dramatically from 14.2 percent in 2008 to 15.8 percent in 2009. The number of New Yorkers in poverty jumped by 284,000 to a little over three million. Only once since 1980 – from 1989 to 1990 – has the poverty rate risen more than it did in 2009. The new data also show that 2009 brought a large increase in the national poverty rate, which jumped to 14.3 percent from 13.2 percent in 2008. Press release with data >>