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Utah Poverty Rate Increasing

Utah Poverty Rate Increasing



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's poverty rate is increasing even as the unemployment rate is declining. That's according to the Utah Community Action Partnership Association, which is releasing its 2007 data book on poverty today.

The report shows that Utah's poverty rate has risen from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent in the past five years. That happens even as Utah experiences a historically low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent.

Federal poverty guidelines say that a family of four is considered poor if it has an income of $20,650 or less.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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