Hamilton’s poverty decline misleading, expert says

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By Molly Hayes

While new national numbers suggest Hamilton’s poverty rate is in decline, a local expert warns the data should be taken with a grain of salt.

According to the newly released 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) — which has replaced the long-form census — Hamilton is now ranked as the city with the 14th highest poverty rate in Ontario.

On paper, that looks like a major improvement after being ranked fourth highest in 2006, and second highest in 2001 (according to the past two census reports).

But Sara Mayo, social planner for the Social Planning and Research Council, says the figures are like apples and oranges — and advises against drawing comparisons.

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Article source: The Hamilton Spectator

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