NY homeless increases to a record high since 2002

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2011-06-22 06:45:02 GMT2011-06-22 14:45:02(Beijing Time)  China Daily

David Vasquez, who is homeless, panhandles on the street on June 20, 2011 in New York City. [Photo/CFP]

A homeless man plays his guitar while panhandling on the street in New York City, United State on June 20,2011. [Photo/CFP]

A homeless man rests while panhandling on the street in New York City, United State on June 20,2011. [Photo/CFP]

A homeless man walks down the street in New York City, United State on June 20,2011. [Photo/CFP]

A homeless woman panhands on the street in New York City, United State on June 20,2011. [Photo/CFP]

A homeless woman rests on a set of stairs stairs on the street in New York City, United State on June 20,2011. [Photo/CFP]

According to an annual report on the New York's homeless population conducted by the Coalition for the Homeless, a record 113,553 people turned to shelters last year. This was an eight percent increase over the previous year and is a 37 percent increase since 10002. While the reasons for the increase are numerous, the economy and the unemployment rate played a significant part in the numbers.