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The concentration of poverty grows in most Ohio cities
Fed report says manufacturing and the Midwest cities struggled through the last decade

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M.L. Schultze
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Poor neighborhoods got poorer across the U.S. during the last decade. And no place was that clearer than in the Midwest. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from the latest report on poverty from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

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Poverty grew and grew more concentrated.  And manufacturing states suffered most, according to the Federal Reserve study.

To put numbers to it: at the start of the decade, about one out of every nine people were considered poor. By 2011, that was about one in seven.

The researchers say that alone is plenty of cause for concern.

But they say the second trend – the increasing concentration in urban neighborhoods -- may be an even bigger concern. That’s because the more concentrated the poverty, the more amplified the problems that come with it – including fewer jobs and more crime.

The Fed says the growing concentration of poverty hit most major metropolitan areas in Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.

The only Ohio city that seemed to be going against the trend is Dayton.



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