Add another 68,000 New Yorkers to the list of those who have fallen below the poverty line, and some say there is little hope on the horizon.
According to US Census Bureau figures released today, indications are that 3.08 million people in New York were living in poverty this year, or 16 percent, up from 15.8 percent in 2009. The US figure for 2010 was slightly better than New York's, at 15.1 percent. But it too was up, from 14.3 percent in 2009.
The state's unemployment rate for the month of July was 8 percent and the number of unemployed was more than three-quarters of a million.