Reports: SC is 7th-poorest state in America

Published: Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM EDT
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SOUTH CAROLINA (WECT/WMBF) - The U.S. Census Bureau released two pieces of data Tuesday: poverty numbers and the median income for 2010.

The Huffington Post is reporting the national poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1% which is up from 2000 and the highest it's been since 1993.

24/7 Wall St. took the released census data from all 50 states and identified the ten states that have the lowest median income.

South Carolina made the list as the 7th poorest state in 2010. They have the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country with a median income at $42,059. According to reports, Governor Nikki Haley is working to develop a jobs training program to improve the readiness of the state workforce.

That's hard to hear considering that just last week, the Violence Policy Center ranked South Carolina second in the nation for the number of female homicides committed by men in 2012.

North Carolina rounded out the top ten as the tenth poorest state in the country, according to the data analysis from 24/7 Wall St. The Tar Heel state has one of the lowest median incomes in the country with $43,275. NC also has the 9th highest poverty rate and unemployment rate in the U.S.

The poorest states, according to 24/7 Wall St., is Mississippi. At 21.3%, the state has the highest poverty rate and has a median income of $36,850.

Alabama came in 9th, followed by Kentucky, South Carolina, Montana, Louisiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi in first.

In 2011, North Carolina made its way off the list, replaced by Oklahoma in the tenth spot. But, South Carolina wasn't so lucky.

Bumped down to ninth spot, the southern Carolina state remained on the poorest list with New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi again taking the number one spot.

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