Historically, the poverty rate has consistently been higher in Arizona than the national average. Both nationally and in Arizona, the poverty rate follows the economic cycle, rising during economic recessions and falling during economic expansions. In association with the deep recession and weak economic recovery, the rate rose from 13.0-to-15.9 percent nationally, and from 14.2-to-19.0 percent in Arizona, between 2007 through 2011. The rate has hardly dropped since 2011 nationally and in Arizona. In 2013, Arizona’s figure was 2.8 percentage points higher than the U.S. average.