• 26 percent of N.C. children live in poverty, 11th highest in the nation.
• 14 percent of N.C. seniors live in poverty.
• 19 percent of N.C. women live in poverty.
• 41 percent of single-parent families live in poverty.
• More than 500,000 N.C. families participated in the food stamp program in 2012; 603,000 N.C. children received food stamps.
• In 2012, 893,213 N.C. residents received the Earned Income Tax Credit.
• Ten eastern N.C. counties suffer from persistent poverty: Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Halifax, Martin, Northampton, Pitt, Robeson, Tyrell and Washington. (At least 20 percent of residents have lived in poverty every year for the last 30 years.)
• North Carolinas poverty rate today is similar to the rate in 1969.
• In 2012, as the N.C. jobless rate stood at 9.2 percent, the rate for blacks was 17.3 percent, more than two and a half times the 6.7 percent rate for whites.
Sources: U.S. Census, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the N.C. Justice Center.
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