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The poverty rate in Wisconsin increased in 2016, more so for children, despite increases in jobs in that span, according to a new report from UW-Madison.

The 10th annual Wisconsin Poverty Report was released Friday by the university’s Institute for Research on Poverty.

It found that, by three different measures, poverty rates in Wisconsin went up in 2016, the most recent year for which data was available.

According to a poverty measure developed by the institute, the rate rose to 10.8 percent in 2016 from 9.7 percent in 2015.

That measure, which accounts for earnings, public benefits and taxes, also found child poverty up in the state to 12 percent in 2016, from 10 percent in 2015.

“These are all reasons we might not be doing as well as we think we are,” said Timothy Smeeding, a UW-Madison professor who led the study.

Smeeding said modest wage growth coupled with rising costs for housing, child care and other necessities may help explain the changes.


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Thanks to all the pro-corporate legislation produced by the GOP, employers are able to pay below living wages and workers have been stripped of protections. Thanks Republicans for raising the poverty rates in the state.

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