Percentage in “deep poverty” could hit record high

The Center on Budget Policies and Priorities has posted Making Sense of Next Week’s Poverty Data, a succinct, insightful summary of five key points about updated Census poverty data to be published this week. For those attuned to low-income commnunties, the news is pretty much all bad, especially the prediction that the numbers may reveal the highest levels of “deep poverty” ever recorded. (Deep poverty = the percentage of people living below half of the poverty line, i.e., with incomes below about $11,000 a year for a family of four.)