LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — More Southland residents were living in poverty this past year in the wake of the 2008 recession, according to government data released Thursday.
More than 17 percent of residents in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area were living at or near the poverty line in 2012, up from about 13 percent in 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.
The poverty rate in the L.A. metro area was well above the national average of 15.5 percent, which includes 21.8 percent of children.
The 2012 national income, poverty and health insurance statistics showed very little change from data collected in 2010 or 2011, with 46.5 million people living below the poverty line.
Edward Welniak, chief of the Census Bureau’s Income Statistics Branch, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO there are a number of factors involved in assessing poverty levels.