Census data shows rise in RI poverty rate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's poverty rate rose from 10 percent of the population to nearly 13 percent in two years, according to preliminary Census data.

That means 133,000 Rhode Islanders are living in poverty, which is defined as an annual income of $22,000 for a family of four or 11-thousand for an individual. No other New England state experienced such a large increase.

The Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College attributes the increase to
The state's high unemployment rate. Rhode Island has had one of the highest jobless rates in the country for two years.