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US Census Bureau: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR September 16,2021   |  Source: AP

Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

The official poverty measure rose 1 percentage point in 2020, with 11.4% of Americans living in poverty, or more than 37 million people. It was the first increase in poverty after five consecutive annual declines.

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