Four area counties among 46 on poverty list - KMOV.com

Four area counties among 46 on poverty list

Calhoun, Jersey, Macoupin and Madison counties are among 46 Illinois counties placed on a poverty watch list, a social research agency announced today.

According to the 2009 Report on Illinois Poverty by Heartland Alliance's Mid-America Institute on Poverty, the Alton area economy is on "high alert" because of poverty indicators.

The lists were compiled based on an evaluation of four factors reflecting a county's susceptibility to pronounced poverty: high school graduation rates, teen birth rates, unemployment rates and poverty rates.

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