United Way: 2 of 5 Ohio Households Struggle

(Columbus, OH) 40 percent of Ohio's households are struggling to afford the basics. 

The Ohio United Way study shows two of every five households are struggling to come up with enough resources to provide basic family necessities. Diving deeper into the survey, 1.8 million families have difficulty covering a "household survival budget" of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care. 

14 percent of the state's households live in poverty,  more than one in four fall into the growing category of working-poor. 

The study found two-thirds of Ohio jobs pay less than $20 per hour-- including cashiers, child care workers, bank tellers, and auto mechanics. The study is designed to inform policy and budgetary debates by local and state governments.

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