County residents still struggling economically
San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/20/12 | Read the original article |
While the national and local poverty rates remained around 15 percent, the Center on Policy Initiatives in San Diego said 200 percent of the federal poverty level is a more accurate reflection of the economic difficulties in this region. One-third of residents in the county are struggling based on that measure, according to the center.The federal poverty rate is about $11,000 for an individual and about $23,000 for a family of four.
“Real earnings need to start to increase, and workers need to be able to make ends meet through wages and benefits,” said Corinne Wilson, research and policy lead at the center. “We have to think about how we create and support jobs.”