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Poverty Rate Drops for the First Time Since 2006

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006.

This comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its annual study on Tuesday.

The 2013 poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. There were 45.3 million people living in poverty, a statistically similar number for the third straight year.

Officials also say that the number of children under 18 in poverty declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000.

The number of children in poverty dropped from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013, and the number of children in poverty also declined from 16.1 million to 14.7 million.

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