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New Brookings Institution reports shows poverty growing fastest in Northeast Ohio's suburbs


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Nearly one third of people who live in the cities of Cleveland and Akron have an income below the poverty line. But a report released last week by the Brookings Institution shows poverty is growing fastest in the suburbs of Northeast Ohio and the rest of the country.
Elizabeth Kneebone coauthored the study. She says the new economic landscape means assumptions about poverty in America need updating.
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Elizabeth Kneebone is a researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington. She coauthored a report detailing the suburbanization of poverty based on data from 2008. Kneebone says, once data from 2009 becomes available, increased unemployment will most likely deepen the trend. She says, however, the effects of poverty in Northeast Ohio are mitigated somewhat by the region's lower cost of living.

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