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Study says many Ohioans can't make enough to cover the cost of living
Many jobs coming to Ohio have low wages
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Five years ago, an economic recession hit the nation and the state, causing many businesses to close and many people to lose their jobs. Now that the economy is starting to improve, a study has been done on the economic well-being of Ohioans in the post-recession period and the findings are not good.

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The author of a study for Ohio’s Community Action Agencies says jobs are coming back to Ohio.  But Diana Pearce says those jobs are low-paying.

"What we find now is that the jobs that are coming back are not paying even the self-sufficiency, bare-budget wages," Pearce says.

While pay varies among Ohio's 88 counties, Pearce notes that of the top 10 professions in Ohio, only one, registered nursing, pays enough to make the worker and his or her family self-sufficient.  

About a third of Ohioans are eligible for food assistance. The study shows, in most cases, a worker must make $12-an-hour working 40 hours-a-week to just afford the basics.
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