The number of working families living in poverty in Colorado increased by 16,000 from 2004 to 2012 – a jump of almost 50 percent, the Bell Policy Center reports in "Measuring Opportunities for Working Families." In addition, the portion of all Colorado working families living in poverty increased from one in 17 to one in 12 over the same period.
The Bell has tracked 20 indicators of achievement, self-sufficiency and well-being among poor and low-income families in 2004, 2010 and 2012. This is the third report in a series summarizing this data. The most recent results show that, even though the economy is improving, too many low-income working families are having a hard time getting ahead. The Bell analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data provided by the Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative focused on improving the economic condition of these families.
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