Black income levels plummet in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, African-Americans living in Kentucky saw their average yearly incomes drop by more than 11 percent in one year.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1L0s1lr ) reports that the data released last week show that for black Kentuckians, household income fell from $30,183 annually to $26,735. The state’s overall median household income fell by 2 percent from 2013 to 2014, from $44,097 in to $42,958.

During that same time period the poverty rate went up for African-Americans in Kentucky from 28.8 percent in 2013 to 32.4 percent. The state’s overall poverty rate sat at 19.1 percent in 2014.

Incoming Louisville Urban League President and CEO Sadiqa Reynolds says the trend is troubling and underscores an urgency to create policies that will end cycles of poverty.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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