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Bloomberg: NYC poverty rate hasn't risen during his administration

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NEW YORK (AP) - A new analysis by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finds the city's poverty rate has held steady since 2000, the only large U.S. city not to see a spike in the statistic.

The city's Center for Economic Opportunity released their survey Thursday. It used U.S. Census Bureau data from 2000 and 2012. The review found that the nation's largest city maintained a 21.2 percent poverty rate in the 12-year span. It found the poverty rate in the country's 19 other largest cities increased on average by 36 percent.

The survey found the poverty rate increases ranged from 3 percent in El Paso, Tex., to 88 percent in Indianapolis, Ind.

Nationwide, the poverty rate as a whole increased by 28 percent during the period.

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