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US poverty rate rising as government aid winds down

Poverty rates in the US are rising, as government aid winds down despite ongoing economic distress caused by the pandemic.
 
University researchers have said almost eight million Americans - many of them children and minorities - have fallen into poverty since May.
 
Last week, nearly 900,000 people filed new claims for jobless benefits - the highest number since August.
 
Analysts have called for aid to prevent the economic recovery from stalling.


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