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Stimulus money may explain Champaign, Vermilion stability on poverty

By Julie Wurth/The News-Gazette -- A new report from the U.S. Census shows Champaign and Vermilion counties holding their own economically in 2010, with overall poverty not worsening and median incomes actually rising.

However, that may reflect an influx of federal stimulus money that has since dried up, according to one local official.

The U.S. Census released the findings of its 2010 American Community Survey, which collects socioeconomic information about communities across the country each year, from poverty to education to demographics. The data are taken from surveys of about 3 million U.S. addresses, but given the small sample sizes in each community, margins of error vary greatly.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/A map of unemployment rates in July 2011 across Illinois. The dark areas indicate high unemployment rates, while the lighter areas indicate lower unemployment rates. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday shows median income rising, but local social service officials say it's due to federal stimulus money, which has since dried up.

Poverty, uninsured on the rise

Poverty is on the increase and income is on the decline, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday.

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 ─ the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 ─ the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. (See our interactive poverty map

Screen shot of health insurance coverage by state

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