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Census report: US poverty rate dips, slightly, for first time in 7 years

The U.S. poverty rate has dipped for the first time in seven years.

The data, released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday morning, shows the 2013 poverty rate falling to 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent the year before. 

The numbers nevertheless reflect what many other economic reports have shown: a slow economic recovery since 2009. 

The poverty rate has held roughly steady since 2010, hovering around the 15 percent mark. The number of people now in poverty was reported as 45.3 million. 

The data also shows the percentage of children in poverty dropping to 19.9 percent in 2013, from 21.8 percent in 2012.

The Census Bureau also released early findings on health insurance, though the figures were from 2013 and before the start of ObamaCare coverage. In 2013, 13.4 percent of Americans – that’s about 42 million people – lacked health coverage for the entire year.

The bureau, though, added some confusion to the mix Tuesday by changing the way it conducted the survey, making it difficult to weigh the impact of ObamaCare.