Arizona Sees A Slight Drop In Poverty Level

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:00am
Updated: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:05am

Poverty rates in Arizona decreased by about a tenth of a percent from 2012 to 2013. That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. While modest, some are considering the small change to be good news.

According to the Census Bureau, that tenth of a percent drop is not statistically significant, which means for the most part the rates stayed stagnant at just about 19 percent.

Joshua Eyeler is a research associate at Children’s Action Alliance. He said while his organization was hoping to see more of a decrease, 2014 should reveal better numbers.

"We have seen unemployment go down," Eyeler said. "We have seen some improved economic numbers. We’ve been doing better in 2014."

New Mexico, however, saw a significant increase in poverty rates, jumping to almost 22 percent. Only Mississippi came in higher at 24 percent.

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