A new report released Sunday found that nearly 25 percent of those living in New Jersey were considered poor in 2011.
The state's poverty rate saw a 52-year high in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute.
That was a jump of nearly 1 percent in just one year, and experts are warning that rate could grow when the 2012 numbers are released.
High unemployment is a major factor in the poverty level and the problem isn't just in New Jersey. The Congressional Research Service said in 2011 the federal poverty rate was the highest in 18 years.
The report also concluded that the increasing poverty levels have affected children and Hispanics the most.