Poverty is on the rise in Wisconsin. New census figures show Wisconsin's poverty rate rose 1.8 percentage points between 2003 and 2004.
The Census Bureau report shows the state's poverty rate was 9.2 percent in 2003. Officials say the numbers show people with low skill and education levels are struggling to bounce back from the national economic slowdown.
Another study says one in 10 Wisconsinites don't have health insurance. Those numbers are also from the 2003 to 2004 time frame.