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24/7 Wall St.: States with the Widest Gap Between the Rich and Poor

3. Louisiana

Gini coefficient: 0.4836
Median household income: $41,734 (7th lowest)
Households earning $200,000+: 3.5% (17th lowest)
Population living below poverty line: 20.4% (3rd highest)

The percentage of households below the poverty line shot up to 20.4% in 2011, the third-highest percentage in the country, from 18.7% in 2010, the sixth-highest rate that year. Households earning less than $10,000 grew to 7.7% in 2011, the second-highest in the country. In 2010, it was 6.2% — sixth-highest at the time. This happened even as the unemployment rate in Louisiana dropped to 5.6% in 2011 from 6.2% in 2010, indicating job growth primarily at the lower-end of the wage spectrum. East Carroll Parish, located in the northeast corner of the state, had the highest income inequality of all counties in the U.S., according to a Feb. 2012 report from the U.S. Census Bureau looking at data from 2006-2010.

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