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Rising Poverty Points to Urgency of a Living Wage in NYC

December 5, 2011

New stats are out today reporting that poverty continues to drastically grow in New York City...

Crain's New York reports that the number of needy New Yorkers is growing at an "alarming rate," with soup kitchens and food pantries struggling to keep up with demand. The New York Daily News writes that the city has doled out $3.5 billion in food stamps this year, up $1.5 billion since 2009. Meanwhile, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger estimated that one in six New Yorkers, or 1.47 million people, have trouble buying food, reports the New York Post.

These grim statistics illustrate why New York City needs living wage jobs now!