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United Way says poor are getting poorer

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LANSING (WKZO) -- A new study by the Michigan Association of United Ways finds 40-percent of households in the state are struggling to make ends meet.

Using a new measure called the ALICE Threshold, the United Way looked at the costs of the five necessities of housing, child care, food, transportation, and healthcare.

By that measure, there are one-point-54 million households struggling to afford them, with those families being 13-percent short of the money needed for basic survival.

The study also found 63-percent of all jobs in the state pay less than 20-dollars an hour.

 

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