NEW YORK (WKZO) -- We may live in the richest country in the history of the world, but not everyone has been invited to that party. The latest census numbers show that about 14% of all Americans now live in poverty. That’s about 1 in 7, or about 44-million total, and a big percentage of them are children. Judy Putnam with the League for Human Services says the numbers in Michigan would be much worse if not for extensions in unemployment insurance.
She says right now those extensions will last past the election, but there are no guarantees after that, and other programs in the social safety net won’t be able to pick up the slack. Putnam says the number will only grow unless the economy begins producing jobs a lot faster than it is right now. The Brookings Institute predicts it could rise to 16% by 20-14.