Poverty rate holds steady across Ohio but still at highest levels in 30 years, says Robert Fischer

Poverty rate mostly holding steady across U.S., Ohio

ideastream: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15 percent of Americans live in poverty—a rate that is leveling off. Ohio comes in at 15.1 percent, a marked increase since 2001 but a similar level to what the state has seen in recent years during the recession. “And with the current, lagging effects of the economic crisis, we continue to really be at the highest levels in nearly 30 years, on poverty, in Ohio,” said Robert Fischer, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development.