Poverty in South Carolina – Grim Forecast

On Saturday, September 14, 2008, SCATJ Commissioner Sue Berkowitz wrote an Opinion piece in The State about recent poverty statistics in South Carolina.

In it, she noted: “The portion of our citizens living at or below poverty is now 15 percent, up more than 1.5 percentage points from 2001. More shameful still is our child poverty rate, which is almost 21 percent. That is 213,858 children we have let down.

And many people who aren’t living in poverty are feeling the tension of making their paychecks last all month. That is because South Carolinian’s median income actually decreased, by about $2,000 since 2000 — and that was before the recession.”

More than before, SCATJ Commission must remain steadfast within our goal to expand access to justice to South Carolinians with low income or of modest means.


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