(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- While many headlines are touting an economy in recovery, stunning new numbers are turning that perception on its head. At least 10 million Americans can say they are much worse off now than they were before the Great Recession struck in late 2007.
An Indiana University study released Wednesday reveals that the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. jumped from 36.5 million in 2006 to 46.2 million in 2010. That's a 27 percent increase during a time when the general population only grew by 3.3 percent.
The current poverty line for a family of four in the U.S. is $22,113 annually.
The researchers said they got their figures from the 2010 Census Bureau data as well as from other government agencies.
While there have been some signs that the economy is starting to turn around, it wasn't quick enough to keep others from falling into poverty in 2011 due to the tepid recovery, high rate of unemployment and number of Americans who've been out of work for a long time or have just given up looking for a job.
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