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- Sidebar: U.S. and state poverty rates, by race
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By MIRANDA RIVERS
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s poverty rate inched down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but poverty rates for minority groups in the state remained far above those of whites, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Arizona’s overall poverty rate was well above the national rate of 15.8 percent, according to data from the bureau’s American Community Survey. When it came to poverty distribution, however, the state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.
“In the current poverty figures, unfortunately we see a worrisome unevenness,” said Arloc Sherman, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
In Arizona, that “unevenness” in 2013 ranged from an Asian poverty rate of 15.2 percent to American Indian poverty at 38.6 percent. In between were whites at 16. 3 percent, blacks at 22.9 percent and Hispanics at 28.9 percent.