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Report says under half of Florida households struggle

February 7, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new report says under half of Florida households couldn’t afford basic needs such as housing, food transportation and childcare.

The report by the United Ways of Florida says 46 percent of Florida’s households struggled to afford basic household necessities in 2016, despite there being low unemployment and gains in median income.

The report says the cost of living has grown in Florida while the state’s workforce is dominated by low-wage jobs.

The report says that about 14 percent of Florida households are living below the poverty line. Another 32 percent are above the poverty line but below what it costs to cover basic household needs.