Kentucky's poverty rate remains unchanged at 17.3 percent

Roughly 1 in 8 families and 1 in 4 children in Kentucky lived in poverty in 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

The overall poverty rate remained unchanged at 17.3 percent in 2008 compared to 2007 and is above the 2001 level of 15.4 percent.

"The figures will be worse for 2009, when the full force of the recession deepened and unemployment rose," said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.