By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press
New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation’s second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.
Census figures indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012. That’s a jump from 20.8 percent.
Nationally, the rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.