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By Jana Mathia
Gazette Editor 

Whitman County rates highest percent of working poor


WHITMAN COUNTY – A recent study shows Whitman County with the highest rate of ALICE–formerly known as "working poor"–households in Washington state. According to the study released by United Way of the Pacific Northwest, 52% of households in Whitman County are below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. That includes 27% of households in poverty, nearly triple the state average of 10%.

The report is based off of 2018 data.

ALICE families are are those who are above the federal poverty level, but don't earn enough to afford basic household necessities, the...

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