Ohio’s poverty rate stayed steady at 16.3% in 2012. It was just a slight change from the 16.4% rate in 2011. Only six other states had more people in poverty.
Around the state, 36% of the people living in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County had income below the poverty level. Franklin County in central Ohio was at 22% while Hamilton County and Cincinnati were just under 20%.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown worries a government shutdown will further hurt Ohio’s economy. Brown says the focus needs to be on expanding job growth. “You’ve got these threats to shut the government down and threats of government not paying its bills, bills that Congress ran up I might add. And all of this is clearly inflicting damage on economic growth and we’ve got to move on and focus on job growth, not on scoring political points,” says Brown.
Ohio’s median household income in 2012 was just under $47,000, an 11% drop over the past dozen years.