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Income not keeping up with living costs in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says the median income in Ohio hasn't nearly kept up with the cost of living in recent years.

The survey commissioned by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies says that since December 2007, the cost of basic needs has increased 23 percent. Those include food, housing, child care, health care and others.

During the same period, the median income in the state has increased by only 2 percent.

The Columbus Dispatch ( says the analysis breaks down housing, child care and other costs in each of Ohio's 88 counties for individuals and single-parent and two-parent families with various combinations of children.

Colleen Stoker of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies says she hopes state lawmakers will consider the situation.

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