To assess the social impacts of changes in dependence, changes in the level of poverty are considered (results not shown). There was an increase in the overall poverty rate between 2000 and 2004. The poverty rate remained stable between 2004 and 2005 and decreased between 2005 and 2006. The poverty rate in 2006 (12.3 percent) remains lower than the rate in 1993 (15.1 percent), when poverty reached its highest peak since the early 1980s. Overall, 2.8 million fewer people are in poverty and 2.9 million fewer children are in families with incomes below poverty in 2006 than in 1993.