Poverty rate nearly doubles in Franklin County

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 7:20 PM

 (KMOV) – The impact of the Great Recession is hitting hard for some of the area residents.  Many in Franklin County are struggling to make ends meet.

New numbers show the median household dropped $10,000 over the last five years.

They say the problem is workers who were laid off are now settling for jobs that don’t pay much. This is having a big impact on the rest of the country.

The Missourian reports, the poverty rate in Franklin County nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012 to more that 16 percent. The median household income dropped from $52,000 in 2008 to $42,000 in 2012.

News 4 spoke with the presiding County Commissioner, John Greisheimer on when local families can expect a turnaround in local economy.

“The national economy gets better; we’re going to get better.  But it’s going to be a slow process.  We didn’t get into the problem overnight and we’re not going to get out of it overnight,” said Greisheimer.

The county does have the resources available to help workers find a job and to train students on the skills to land a quality job. such as the state-run career center and 4 Rivers Career Center in Washington.

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