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Arloc Sherman analyzes new census data on unemployment insurance:

[A]n exclusive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of the new survey data shows that unemployment insurance benefits which expanded substantially last year in response to the increased need kept 3.3 million people out of poverty in 2009. In other words, there were 43.6 million Americans whose families were below the poverty line in 2009, according to the official poverty statistics, which count jobless benefits as part of families’ income. But if you don’t count jobless benefits, 46.9 million Americans were poor.

Jonathan Cohn explains how even that number is understated.

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