According to a recent report released by the Brookings Institution and presented in a recent Columbus Business First, Columbus has the lowest poverty rate among Ohio cities at 23.9% and falls under the average for the entire Midwest which is 25.1%. However overall Middle Class households are shrinking while poverty is increasing. The main service area of Central Community House has a poverty rate of 42.7% according to the last census.

The article suggests that the solution to combating growing poverty can be found in training people to work in high-growth sectors that do not rely on low-skill labor. Columbus’ economy has fared better than others because the economy has not traditionally relied on low-skill manufacturing that is now being outsourced or replaced by machines. Data suggests fields including Allied Healthcare, Information Technology, and Hospitality/Culinary Arts.



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