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Report: SC is 9th poorest state in America

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Reports are showing the median household income in the United States has gone down, according to data released from the Census.

The Huffington Post is reporting the national poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1% which is up from 2000 and the highest it's been since 1993.

24/7 Wall St. took the released census data from all 50 states and identified the ten states that have the lowest median income.

South Carolina came in as the 9th poorest state, an improvement from it's ranking of No. 7 in 2011. The Palmetto State has the eighth highest unemployment rate in the country and a median income at $42,367, which is up a little over $300 from the 2011 report.

Only 2.9 percent of families in the state make over $200K per year, which is sixth-lowest in the country.

The state's tourism industry has taken a hit recently as families have been traveling less.

Governor Nikki Haley is working to develop a jobs training program to improve the readiness of the state workforce.

The poorest state, according to 24/7 Wall St., is Mississippi. At 22.6%, the state has the highest poverty rate and has a median income of $36,919.

Here is the complete list of poorest states in America, according to 24/7 Wall St:

10- Oklahoma

9- South Carolina

8- New Mexico

7- Louisiana

6- Tennessee

5- Alabama

4- Kentucky

3- Arkansas

2- West Virginia

1- Mississippi

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