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Indiana Poverty Spikes, Especially In Monroe County

Last updated on Wednesday, December 5, 2007

(UNDATED) - Poverty and hunger are up in the State of Indiana, especially in Monroe County.

A study conducted by the Indiana Youth Institute says, between 2004 and 2006, child poverty alone has gone up statewide from 15.7% to 17.9%.

In Monroe County, however, it's worse.

General poverty in Monroe County went from 14% to 25.3% in the same time, and child poverty went from 15.4% to 21.9%.

IYI president and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says 1 in 4 working Indiana families is considered low-income, meaning bringing less than $41,300 home per year.

He also says most families receiving food stamps have at least 1 worker in them. This means, not only are times harder for more Hoosiers, but food is also harder to come by for these families.

IYI's study shows 15% of families in Indiana experience low or very low food security.

According to 2004 data, the most recent data available including all counties, Monroe County ranked #7 in poverty, Orange County ranked #12 and Lawrence #35.

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