This week, the Census Bureau released the findings of two major surveys it conducts every year: The Current Population Survey, and the American Community Survey. Among the data released today were the 2013 rates of poverty for each state.
In Illinois, the 2013 poverty rate remained at 14.7%, the same as 2012. The Social IMPACT Research Center provides some Illinois highlights from the survey.
Since the official end of the Great Recession, the poverty rate in Illinois has increased from 13.3% in 2009, and only risen or stayed the same ever since. Sadly, a stagnant poverty rate in an otherwise expanding economy means that the recovery has only been for some people. It has yet to improve the lives of the poorest Illinoisans.