New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the poverty level in Champaign County continues to rise.
The bureau's 2011 American Community Survey results came out on Thursday. The figures show that 24.9 percent of people in Champaign County - roughly one in four people - are living in poverty. That number is up from 21.3 percent in 2010.
Increases like that put a strain on local social service groups, like the United Way of Champaign County. Sue Grey is that group's Vice President for Community Impact.