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2016 Annual Report on Poverty in Utah

04 February 2017
2016 Annual Report on Poverty in Utah

Each year, Community Action Partnership of Utah releases the Annual Report on Poverty. Using the most current national and local data including sources such as the U.S. Census, Utah Department of Workforce Services, and Utah State Board of Education, we provide a comprehensive look at poverty in Utah. In many respects, Utah fares much better than most states in terms of the poverty rate. Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country and most of Utah's 29 counties experienced job growth over the past year. Unfortunately, many people in our community struggle with issues such as lack of affordable housing, low wages, and inadequate health care. With the highest birthrate in the country, it is unfortunate that we also have the lowest per pupil funding in the state and one of the highest rates of uninsured children - many of whom are eligible for CHIP or Medicaid but are not enrolled. There is still much work to be done for those in Utah who lack some of the basic securities that many of us take for granted such as a warm, safe home and plenty of food in our pantries. With possible threats to our safety net both locally and nationally, those of us who fight poverty must be even more vigilant than ever to protect society's most vulnerable. 

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