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U.S. Census Bureau

A new study released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranks Utah 29th in the US for the number of opportunities available to women and women in poverty.

Utah Economic Review

A comprehensive new report on Utah’s economy says business is doing well at the beginning of 2015, and that bodes well for workers, too.

Photo courtesy Community Action Provo

Children in Utah are more likely to be living in poverty today than they were two decades ago. That’s according to new data released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The percentage of Utah children living in poverty rose from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. That’s a concern for Deputy Director of Voices for Utah Children Terry Haven.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented results from a new report on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population to a state health committee.

Aspen Institute

The nonprofit child advocacy organization, Voices for Utah Children,  is receiving a $50,000 grant to continue their work fighting intergenerational poverty.

A new report shows Utah’s children are not doing as well as they used to compared to the rest of the country. The annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book measuring child well-being has just been released, and Utah continues to slip in the national rankings.

West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.

Poverty in US suburbs is on the rise, but especially in Utah. A new book released Monday shows that the number of people living in suburbs below the federal poverty line has more than doubled in three major metropolitan areas in Utah over an 11-year span. In fact, the Salt Lake City area ranked number 3 in the nation for fastest growth in suburban poverty. 

Intermountain Health Care is fined more than $25 million dollars, Governor Herbert won’t be signing a water agreement with Nevada, and the USDA targets poverty in Southeast Utah.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a program into Utah that is aimed at helping rural counties escape the grasp of persistent poverty.

The new StrikeForce Initiative brings together agencies within the USDA in an attempt to better coordinate efforts to spur economic development in rural counties. Dave Conine is the Rural Development state director. He says by making knowledge and resources available through things like micro-loans that they’ll be able to make a real difference.

Gun transactions are rarely blocked in Utah due to mental illness, the child poverty rate in the state is on the rise, and speed kills on I-80.

U.S. Census Bureau

Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Utah Priorities Project: Jobs and the Economy

Oct 12, 2012
Gary Herbert & Peter Cooke
Dan Bammes

At the bottom of the recession in 2009, Utah’s economy was losing jobs at the rate of six percent a year.  A year later, the number of jobs was growing again, but slowly.  Today, Utah is adding jobs at close to three percent annually and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped below six percent for the first time since 2008.

Residential and business construction was the hardest hit sector by far, and the Utah Foundation’s Morgan Lyon Cotti says it’s been among the slowest to recover.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012

Our Series on the Utah Priorities Project breaks into the top three, Utah Lawmakers announce a new plan to tackle child poverty, and the state names a new President at Weber State University.

Utah Priorities Project: Poverty

Oct 2, 2012
poverty rate chart
Utah Foundation

In the second part of KUER’s series The Utah Priorities Project, Utah Foundation researchers take a look at poverty in Utah.  It’s an issue that is new to the list of top ten issues identified by voters in a statewide survey, coming in at #9. 

The recession is partly to blame for the number of people in Utah living in poverty. That total is significantly lower than the nation as a whole, but people living below the federal standard for poverty has continued to grow even as the state’s employment numbers have recovered over the past two years.

Utah is taking steps to help families break the cycle of poverty and dependence on public assistance. The Department of Workforce Services released a report Friday on poverty around the state. It’s the first in a series of annual reports mandated by the Utah Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act, passed this year in the legislature.

Summer vacation is here, and that means many low-income Utah children may be missing meals that were provided for free or reduced price in school. A national report from the Food Research and Action Center shows that Utah is doing slightly better than the national average at feeding these children through the summer, but that many are still falling through the cracks.