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Amid positive signs in economy, California's working poor grows




Three year old Saria Amaya (L) waits with other children to receive shoes and school supplies during a charity event to help more than 4,000 underprivileged children at the Fred Jordan Mission in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on October 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
Three year old Saria Amaya (L) waits with other children to receive shoes and school supplies during a charity event to help more than 4,000 underprivileged children at the Fred Jordan Mission in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on October 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
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The latest job numbers on Friday were full of good news: California added 41,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is the lowest in eight years.

But the economic recovery has been a story of unequal gains. One in 6 people in California live in poverty, according to the California Budget and Policy Center.

"The most important thing to understand about families living in poverty is that most of them are actually working," said Alissa Anderson, senior policy analyst at the group. "The problem is that they're just not earning enough to make ends meet."