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New report shows 16 percent of Kentucky’s children are growing up in concentrated poverty

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The economy may have bounced back from the Great Recession, but that hasn’t helped the 163,000 Kentucky children living in concentrated poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Patricia Tennen, chief operating officer of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says stagnant wages, rising housing costs and lack of job opportunities for parents,...

New census data shows rate of Kentucky’s children living in poverty has dropped, but more must be done

New data released recently by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 22.4 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2017, a drop from the 2016 estimate of 25.0 percent. Child poverty in Kentucky has finally returned to a level not seen since before the Great Recession. “We must note the progress that has been made on reducing the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty, yet we can’t stop...

The State of Working Kentucky 2016: Bright spots in some areas, but still far from a full recovery

As the Commonwealth continues to gain distance from the Great Recession, a new report, The State of Working Kentucky 2016, shows a mixed story of progress for workers in recent years. The report, by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), notes the state’s unemployment rate has fallen below pre-recession levels while workers experienced real wage growth from the top to bottom in 2015 for...

New ‘state of working’ report finds Kentucky still behind in jobs, wages, living standards

A new report released recently by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy reveals downward trends in job opportunities, full-time work, wages and even living standards for many in the labor force.   The State of Working Kentucky 2014 outlines the damage done by the Great Recession and the substantial jobs gap that still needs to be closed; examines how today’s economy affects different workers...