f your family is struggling with poverty,cannot put food on its table,or sees its income slowly shrinking away,you’re running about average in Barack Obama’s America. According to a new story from the Associated Press,census data show almost half of Americans are poor or low-income.

The data show that 49.1 million Americans are below the poverty line. Adding those whose income falls between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level,and “146.4 million,or 48 percent of the U.S. population”have fallen on hard times.

That’s 48 percent of Americans,nearly half.

There are more heartbreaking disclosures in the story. In real,inflation-adjusted dollars,the average low-income paycheck has fallen by nearly $1,700 since 1979,and the number of Americans at or just above the poverty level has increased every year for three years. Moreover,AP notes,“Mayors in 29 cities say more than 1 in 4 people needing emergency food assistance did not receive it.”

It adds,“States in the South and West had the highest shares of low-income families.”

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