HONOLULU — New federal estimates show Hawaii has the nation’s ninth-highest poverty rate when cost of living is taken into account, with one out of every six state residents living in poverty.
Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2cIorPd ) that U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday incorporate cost of living and consider government benefits aimed at relieving poverty. The resulting “supplementary poverty measure” is different from the official poverty measure.
The report says 15.1 percent of Americans are living in poverty, compared to 16.8 percent in Hawaii. The state tied with Georgia for its percentage of people living in poverty.
Hawaii’s supplementary poverty measure is more than its official poverty rate of 10.9 percent recorded last year. That gap, the nation’s largest between official and supplementary measures, marked a difference of 80,000 people.
This story has been corrected to read in Hawaii in third paragraph.
Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/