20 percent of the people living in Georgia are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. This is up from 19.9 percent last year. (Feeding America, 2013 Map the Meal Gap Study reflects data collected in 2011.) See how Georgia compares to other states by viewing the interactive map.
Nearly 1.8 million Georgians(19.1%) are living in poverty according to the latest US Census Bureau American Community Survey. This is up from 1.7 million (17.8%) reported in 2011, and represents an increase of 150,000 people in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. Data released Sept. 2012)
From 2000 to 2010, the number of poor individuals in the Atlanta metro suburbs more than doubled, growing by 122 percent. (Source: U.S. Census, cited: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/2011/09/22-metro-poverty-berube-kneebone)
More than one in every ten senior citizens in Georgia is living in poverty - 10.9 percent of our seniors. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. Data released Sept. 2012) Georgia ranks 7th among the 10 states with the highest rates of hunger risk among seniors. (Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. “Senior Hunger in America: An Annual Report.” National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. Data released May 2012.)
Georgia’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. (Latest data is from April 2013 - new state numbers are generally posted on the third Friday of the month.) The most current unemployment rate for each state can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at http://www.bls.gov/lau/.
When the Federal minimum wage rate went from $6.55 to $7.25/hour in July of 2009, Georgia once again did not increase its minimum wage rate, and in 2012 it still remains at $5.15/hour – we are one of only four states with minimum wage rates under the federal rate: http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment Standards Admin. 2012)