Report: Stimulus checks, expanded UI help 17.2M people avoid poverty in 2020

FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECKS and expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic together kept 17.2 million people out of poverty in 2020, lowering the supplemental poverty measure below the official poverty rate for the first time in history, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
PROVIDENCE – Federal stimulus checks and expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic together kept 17.2 million people out of poverty in 2020, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau on Sept. 14 published a series of reports measuring income and poverty in the U.S. during calendar year 2020. While…

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