Unemployment and poverty rates continue to impact our community

On September 13, 2011, the US Census Bureau reported that the number of families living in poverty in the United States is now at the highest level since the bureau began to collect data over fifty years ago. 

Though Texas has added jobs in this recession, statewide unemployment and poverty rates have worsened. Texas ranks worst in the nation for the rate of uninsured residents (24.6% without health insurance) and for average household credit score, according to the US Census Bureau and Experian, respectively. Poverty rates in 2010 were only better than Texas, at 18.4%, in seven other states. This rate has increased by 8.7% from 2009 to 2010 alone. In addition, our rates of poverty are increasing faster than rates in the US as a whole. 

Unemployment rates in Fort Worth-Arlington remain almost double rates in 2007, at 8.3% in 2010, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. In 2010, Catholic Charities received more than 10,000 calls expressing a need related to finances from families in North Texas.