And they show Missouri is the 15th most impoverished state in the US. The state’s Department of Social Services is not surprised at numbers that indicate that nearly 150 thousand more people last year lived in poverty than did in 2008.
DSS’s Aleasha Mays:
“That’s something we already knew. Our caseload growth for our assistance programs is reflective of the figures that the Census Bureau has put out, so we knew that the number of people who are needing to rely on the safety net from the state has been growing for a couple of years now.”
Missouri’s poverty rate is now higher than the nation as a whole, as the state’s rate is 15.5 percent and the US poverty rate is 14.3 percent.