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US poverty rate declines

A stronger US economy lifted American household incomes last year and drove the poverty rate down to the level seen before the financial crisis.
     
The median household income increased by 3.2% to $59,039, rising for a second consecutive year as more people found full time jobs. 
     
At the same time, those living below the poverty line fell to 12.7%, the lowest since 2007.
     
Women's earnings also rose relative to men's for the first time in 10 years. 


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