One in 15 Americans Are Destitute

    Despondent and temporarily homeless, Amanda Savage solicits help as she joined Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park in New York, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Savage, who said she has been living in the park for several weeks, joined the military to earn money after being laid off from her job as a chef. Savage's boyfriend is currently serving with the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Her own boot camp training starts in two weeks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    As the housing bust and fewer opportunities have pushed people out of metropolitan areas, new census data reveal that more Americans are worse off than previously anticipated—one in 15 Americans are now counted among the poorest of the poor. And concentrated poverty in poor suburbs is growing at twice the rate of cities. "There now really is no unaffected group, except maybe the very top income earners," said Robert Moffitt, an economics professor at Johns Hopkins University. The news comes a week before the government will release data that show more Hispanics, elderly, and working-age poor are worse off.

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