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Full economic recovery? Not in Kentucky

By Anna Baumann

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

New American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2016 released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau shows poverty didn’t budge and income only increased slightly in Kentucky from 2015.

The poverty rate was unchanged at 18.5 percent statewide, and remained higher than the pre-recession rate of 17.3 percent set in 2007. Median household income grew an inflation-adjusted $871 since 2015 to $46,659, essentially the same as it was pre-recession.