Report: Growing Number of Ohioans Living in Poverty

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

More Ohioans are living in poverty than before the great recession, according to a U.S. Census Report.

But actually how shocking is that?

The numbers show one in six Ohioans were living in poverty last year.

The state's poverty increased from thirteen percent to sixteen percent between 2007 to 2012.

Washington County Job and Family Services says they are extremely busy and the numbers just keep going up.

"A lot of people lost very good jobs they had to start over, so that means they had to come into us for help," says Candy Nelson, supervisor at the agency. "Especially for health insurance for their children, food assistance, we help out with a lot of different programs. So that means our doors have been very busy."

Nelson says they haven't seen this many new faces in a long time.

And, possibly coming in January, the expansion which is not fully in place yet will give single able adults age nineteen through sixty four medical assistance.

Nelson says it will only bring more people through their doors.

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