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New report highlights Louisiana families above the poverty line, but unable to afford basic needs

Brian Fountain
More than 70,000 Cashiers work in Louisiana for an average wage of $8.75.

The Louisiana Association of United Ways released the ALICE report this week. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed -- the population of individuals and families who are working but still unable to afford the basic necessities: housing, food, childcare, healthcare and transportation.

The report provides parish-level data on the state of financial instability among households. WWNO'sLaineKaplan-Levenson discussed this report with United Ways CEO Sarah Berthelot, starting with why there are so many ALICE households in Louisiana. 

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