From this Associated Press story found at WMTW, we look further into Maine's numbers.
The Bangor Daily News reports that the 12.2 percent figure is about 1 percentage point lower than the national average and compares to Maine's 2000-01 poverty rate of 10.1 percent.
Researcher Ann Atcheson said traditionally, when a recession ends, poverty rates continue to rise.
Broken out by counties, Washington County was the highest with a poverty rate of 20.1 percent, while York County was lowest at 8.2 percent.
The poverty line in the report is defined as $20,650 for a family of four.