The Working Poor Families Project, a group that advocates policies to benefit low-income working families, released a national study Tuesday that examines the economic health of such groups in all states.
In Kentucky, the group worked in partnership with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
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The report is available on MACED's Web site, www.maced.org/WPFP-release.htm.
The report analyzed the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 2006 and other bureau-produced reports. The report ranked all 50 states, with 1 the best.
Below are Kentucky's rankings for some categories:
32nd: Percentage of working families that are low-income — 30 percent in Kentucky. A low-income working family is defined as a family earning less than 200 percent of the poverty income threshold in 2006, which was $41,228 for a family of four.
30th: Percentage of children in low-income working families — 34 percent.
18th: Income inequality of working families, defined as the ratio of income in the top fifth compared with bottom fifth — 7.9.
28th: Percentage of minority working families that are low-income — 47 percent.
43rd: Percentage of non-minority working families that are low-income — 28 percent.
7th: Percentage of low-income working families with housing costs accounting for more than one-third of their income — 44 percent.