1 Million NJ Neighbors Live in Poverty

State’s Increase Reflects Economic
Recovery Not Reaching Everyone

1 Million Neighbors Live in Poverty in NJOn Thursday, September 18, 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released its most recent poverty numbers from 2013.

The Star-Ledger covered the report’s release with its article, “Nearly 1 million people now live in poverty in NJ, Census says.

New Jersey saw an increase in its statewide poverty rate:

  • 10.8% in 2013 to 11.4% in 2013 and
  • In actually poverty numbers 934,943 million people in 2012 to 998,549 million people in 2013.

New Jersey was one of only three states across the country that saw an increase in poverty and had the highest increase. Experts attribute the state’s increase to long-term unemployment, declining wages and the continuing foreclosure crisis.

“It may seem that the national economy is improving. Wall Street and major corporations are certainly doing better. But, that’s just not trickling down to many New Jerseyans.”

Said Raymond Castro from New Jersey Policy Perspective commented on the new numbers and as quoted by the Star-Ledger.

Below is a county by county breakdown of the 2013 poverty rates.

2013 Poverty Rates in New Jersey

  • Atlantic County- 18%
  • Bergen County- 8.2%
  • Burlington County- 5.7%
  • Camden County- 15%
  • Cape May County- 9.4%
  • Cumberland County- 20.6%
  • Essex County- 17.8%
  • Gloucester County- 9.8%
  • Hudson County- 19.7%
  • Hunterdon County- 3.3%
  • Mercer County- 11.8%
  • Middlesex County- 9.5%
  • Monmouth County- 7.7%
  • Morris County- 4.3%
  • Ocean County- 10.2%
  • Passaic County-16.6%
  • Salem County- 18.4%
  • Somerset County- 5.3%
  • Sussex County- 5.8%
  • Union County- 11.5%
  • Warren County- 9.3%

Camden County, home to the City of Camden – the poorest city in the United States has a poverty rate of 42.6% and 52% of its children are poor.

We don’t have enough jobs, and the ones that are being developed are low-wage and part time. There are people whose unemployment benefits have run out, and still don’t have a job, said Sharon Stone, executive director of the MVP Foundation in Camden County.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And unfortunately, as the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE report earlier this week, the actually poverty numbers are most likely even higher. That report takes into account cost of living expenses.

And next year’s picture might be even worse as the economy faces the further below of 8,000 lost jobs in its casinos.

Click here for the Star-Ledger article.

Click here for the Philadelphia Inquirer article.