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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 POVERTY IN THE COALFIELDS POVERTY IN THE COALFIELDS Why living in Eastern Kentucky may be one the hardest places to live in America A GLANCE AT THE NUMBERS Statistics From Clay County Eastern KY's Worst Ranked County National Average Statistics Median Household Income Unemployment RateDisability RateLife Expectancy $22,29612.7%11.7%63 Years $53,8916.1%1.3%78 Years Why is the employment rate so high? * Since 1980, employment from coal mining has dropped 54%. * No new businesses are investing in the region * Economic growth is not keeping pace with the rest of the nation. * Coal mining has been the main source of employment, which has has steadily declined in the past few decades. 62% 10% 28% In KY's largest county, Pike county:* 10% of adults don't have a high school education or GED* 62% have completed high school or have GED* 28% have completed a Bachelors degree 5 out of the 10 poorest counties in the US are located in Eastern KY. Almost 2/3 of people who have left welfare since 1999 have jobs that pay less than $18 an hour In some of the poorest counties, the povertyrate among children exceeds 50% 0 4 8 12 16 20 2011 2012 2013 15% Kentucky Poverty Rate 2011 2012 2013 National Poverty Rate 15% 14.5% 16% 17.9% 20% Sources*** Photo by Phillip Hens/Thinkstock
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