Disputed census figures show drop in Alabama poverty

(Florence) Times Daily article

More people moved above the poverty line in Alabama in 2008 than in any state in the country, according to U.S. Census figures that advocates for the poor said Wednesday were outdated. The numbers were gathered in 2008 and reflect "the calm before the storm" of the recession hit the state, said Kimble Forrister, director of Alabama Arise. At the time, the state's unemployment rate was better than the rest of the nation, Forrister said.

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