2008 poverty data 'the last good news' before recession

Alabama's poverty rate dropped between 2007 and 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Sept. 29. But ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said the good news is tempered by the fact that the data were collected before the full effects of the recession hit Alabama late last year. Since December 2008, the state's unemployment rate has increased by 60 percent.

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