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Study: 2 of 5 Ohio Households Struggling To Meet Basic Needs

A new study by Ohio United Way shows 40 percent of Ohio households are struggling to come up with enough resources to provide basic necessities. Nearly 1.8 million Ohio households have difficulty covering a survival budget of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care. Fourteen percent are in poverty. Another 26 percent are working-poor households, with wages that are above the federal poverty level but are still considered low. The study shows 67 percent of Ohio jobs pay less than 20 dollars an hour. The study is part of a national effort to inform policy and budgetary debates by local, state and community-based organizations.

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