SANTA FE, N.M. — The Census Bureau reports more New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance.
The agency reported Wednesday the poverty rate in New Mexico was about 20 percent in 2010-2011 compared with almost 19 percent in 2009-2010.
An economist with New Mexico Voices for Children says the increase is because of New Mexico’s slow recovery from the recession.
In its Current Population Survey, the federal agency provides two-year averages for evaluating changes within a state. New Mexico’s poverty rate was 22 percent last year.
Nearly 20 percent of New Mexicans were uninsured in 2011.