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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

7. South Carolina

- Median income: $42,059
- Poverty rate: 14.9 percent (16th highest)
- Without health insurance: 17.6 percent (12th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 10.9 percent (4th highest)

South Carolina has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country, contributing to the state’s high level of poverty and seventh-lowest median income. According to the Greenville News, Governor Nikki Haley stated: “The No. 1 key to dealing with these is training people quickly and getting them back to work.” As a result, Haley is in the midst of developing a jobs training program designed to improve the readiness of the state workforce and, hopefully, drive new employers to South Carolina.

(AP Photo)

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