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Census: Poverty Rate Up in NM

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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.

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