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One chart shows how pandemic poverty reached a new high in March

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Throughout the pandemic, researchers from Zhejiang University, University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame have tracked US poverty rates. In March 2021, pandemic-era poverty reached a new height.

According to the researchers, the poverty rate reached a previous high in November 2020, when 8 million Americans fell into poverty over a six-month period as enhanced unemployment benefits expired. 

From December 2021 to January 2021, the poverty rate fell as new stimulus checks went out.

“It’s really been a bit of a rollercoaster for poverty — not surprisingly, because we’ve had policy that’s been details ⇒

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