The percentage of people at the very bottom, earning 50 percent of the poverty level or less, grew from 4.6 percent of Ohioans in 2000 to 7.6 percent in 2012, for a 65 percent increase, according to U.S. census data released today.
Only three other states, Michigan, Georgia and Mississippi, saw extreme poverty go up more than 3 percentage points. Only 14 other states have an overall higher percentage of extreme poverty than Ohio, which follows closely behind Tennessee at 7.7 percent and North Carolina at 7.9 percent.
The highest is Mississippi at 10.2 percent. The District of Columbia has 10.4 percent."
Click on the link and read the article.I try to explain this to other people and even people in my own state. People who don't live here don't understand. The DHL closing is the major factor increased poverty here but it wasn't the only thing. There was such a snowballing effect after the stock market crashed as President Obama was elected.
Something like one in five houses is empty here and most of them have been stripped of any precious metal or valuables. If you want rid of something, just sit it at the curb and it's gone the next day. We don't like inviting those types of people to be looking around here.
It's hard to explain such poverty among such wealth without civil riot going on. We might be getting closer to that every day needed change doesn't come. I will say people have become the most inventive and adaptive you can imagine. Families and friends have never become closer in order for these people to live. I imagine those in this category though have less family and friends who can help them.
It's a sad thing in our state but it is true. LuAnn and I see it every day. We help wherever we can, especially to those who just need a "hand up" and not a "hand out."
Our government has so many "hand outs" that we don't need to offer those services. The people who are maxing out those benefits are making more and doing better than those who are too proud to. LuAnn is concerned about those who are too proud to do those things and that is the ones we concentrate on.
Our best charities have never been more needed over my lifetime.