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Arizona Sees A Slight Drop In Poverty Level

Poverty rates in Arizona decreased by about a tenth of a percent from 2012 to 2013. That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. While modest, some are considering the small change to be good news.

According to the Census Bureau, that tenth of a percent drop is not statistically significant, which means for the most part the rates stayed stagnant at just about 19 percent.

Joshua Eyeler is a research associate at Children’s Action Alliance. He said while his organization was hoping to see more of a decrease, 2014 should reveal better numbers.

"We have seen unemployment go down," Eyeler said. "We have seen some improved economic numbers. We’ve been doing better in 2014."

New Mexico, however, saw a significant increase in poverty rates, jumping to almost 22 percent. Only Mississippi came in higher at 24 percent.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.