According to the U.S. Census Bureau over 43 million people now live below the poverty line.
That’s up from 39 million the previous year.
It’s the highest poverty level in more than 50 years.
Georgia came in second behind Mississippi with 300,000 more people falling into poverty.
It’s a 20 percent increase that exceeds the national average.
Doug Bachtel is a professor at UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
He says job loss and high foreclosure rates have caused poverty to rise in unexpected areas like the suburbs:
"We have some of the most affluent suburbs in the United States in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area but we also have some real poor ones. So as a result it’s kind of a mixed bag for Georgia."
Bachtel says the suburbs used to house mainly upper middle class people.
Now, he says, people from all economic sectors live there making them a new target for poverty increases.