Poverty numbers show slight improvement

UNITED WAY

KIMT NEWS 3 — New numbers are showing a slight improvement in poverty in the Gopher state.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Minnesota’s overall poverty rate at 11.4 percent, an improvement from 11.9 percent last year.

But, organizations such as the united way of Mower County in Austin and the Salvation Army in Albert Lea say they still see plenty of need for help.

In Mower County, leaders tell us they see the biggest need with children.

“Mower is one of two counties in the state where child poverty is the worst,” United Way of Mower County Executive Director Mani Lighthizer-Schmidt said. “We’re actually at 16 percent of children in our community living in poverty.”

State wide, child poverty sits at 15 percent.

She adds Mower County’s number is high because of the number of children living in a single parent home.

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