Wyoming Poverty Rate Edges Up Slightly

Cheyenne, WY – The U-S Census Bureau reports Wyoming saw a slight increase in poverty rates and in the number of people without health insurance. A new report shows the state's poverty rate moved up six-tenths of a percent from 2001 to 2002. That means nearly 9,700 Wyoming residents lived in poverty. Forty-one percent of those are familes headed by a single female. Deanna Frey of the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says those numbers concern her. Frey says state officials are studying the situation and she hopes they act on any recommendations that come out of that study. She says the poverty situation could be worse in Wyoming, except many state residents are working multiple jobs to try to keep their heads above water.