Elkhart County wages are better, poverty is down. Still, there’s room for improvement.

Sunday Jan. 3, 2016

Screen shot of a portion of the data I dug up for a blog looking at the latest wage and poverty data for Elkhart County.

Screen shot of a portion of the data I dug up for a blog looking at the latest wage and poverty data for Elkhart County.

We did a series in 2014, 5 Years Later, looking back at the Great Recession and how Elkhart was faring, five years since the formal end of the downturn in 2014.

Call the blog I did a few days back 1 Year After 5 Years Later. Among the key findings of 5 Years Later — while employment levels had improved greatly since the end of the recession, wages lagged and many still relied on food and other assistance from charitable organizations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau figures I looked at for my recent blog show that wages are better, poverty is down, but that conditions, in some key respects, still aren’t like they were before the recession.

The blog, with an interactive Infogr.am graphic depicting many of the numbers:

The graphic, embedded in the above article, is also here on Infogr.am. The photo at top is a screen shot of a portion of the data. WordPress doesn’t allow embeds from Inforgr.am.

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