More women living in poverty in Forsyth County, study says

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A new study shows the number of women living in poverty in Forsyth County has increased.

The study was conducted by the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

The 2015 report is an update to the organization’s initial 2010 study.

Within five years, poverty among white women increased from 8.4 percent to 16 percent.

Poverty among African-American women went from 27.2 percent to 34.2 percent and increased among Hispanic women from 39.6 percent to 50.6 percent.

"We've all gone through the recession, we know that that's a piece of it, but obviously there are other pieces that we need to research,” Sabrina Slade, director of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, said.

Based on federal guidelines, poverty for an individual is an annual income of just under $12,000 and slightly under $20,000 for a family of three.

It’s estimated that in Forsyth County a family of three needs $40,557 annually to cover basic necessities.

The report did highlight progress.

Within the last five years, more women are graduating from high school and college and the county’s teen pregnancy rate has decreased significantly.

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