Poverty Among Latinos in US Increases 25.3 percent

Washington, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The poverty rate among Hispanics in the US rose from 21.5 percent in 2000 to 25.3 percent in 2009, according to census data released on Friday.

The 4-percent increase of poverty is due to the US economic recession, said Trudi Renwizk, the census office employee in charge of this issue.

Renwizk said that one in every three Hispanic children under 18 live in poverty, according to figures released until 2009.

Such figures show that the economic crisis affects more Latinos than white people.

The deputy director of the Economic and Employment Policy Project at National Council of La Raza, Leticia Miranda, said that US southern states register the highest percentage of poverty among the Hispanic community

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