(Dodge County) A new report from the United Way of Wisconsin shows about one-third of state households struggle to afford basic needs. The study is based on 2018 data, so it does not take into account any impact from COVID-19. The United Way report shows 11-percent of households were living below the federal poverty line, and 23-percent are ALICE households, an acronym standing for asset limited, income constrained, employed.
In Dodge County, nine-percent of households were living below the poverty line while unemployment matched the state’s rate of 3.2-percent. Twenty-percent of homes were classified as ALICE households.
Eight-percent of households in Columbia County were living below the poverty line. Jefferson County’s was also at eight-percent. Fond du Lac County came in at 12-percent while Green Lake County was at 10-percent.
The United Way says Wisconsin needs to find ways to make child care and health care more affordable. More information, including data for all 72 counties, can be found at unitedwaywi-dot-org.
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