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Jobless, poverty rates falling in Louisville, Census estimates show

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson County's jobless rate continues to drop. Kentucky lags behind the rest of the nation in Internet and computer access. By a wide margin, people in Louisville drive alone to their jobs.

Those are among the findings from the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates of annual poverty, income and other measures released Thursday.


Some takeaways from the Census Bureau survey, which is based on responses from more than 2 million addresses nationwide, including roughly 32,000 in Kentucky:

-10 percent of families in the Louisville area reported income below the poverty line last year ($19,530 for a family of three, for example). That's down from 11.6 percent in 2012. Jefferson County also saw a drop in the family poverty rate, to 11.2 percent from 13 percent the year before.

-Last year's unemployment rate for the metro area, 7.6 percent, declined from 9 percent in 2012. In Jefferson County, the jobless rate was 7.7 percent – the second straight year it dropped after reaching nearly 12 percent in 2011. The national average was 8.4 percent last year.

-The metro area's median household income was $50,905 last year. It was lower in Jefferson County -- $47,488 – where median household income has been climbing but still hasn't caught up with levels seen at the end of the last decade ($48,369, for instance, in 2009).

-Driving alone continued to be the preferred method of getting to work in Louisville. Overall, 83.4 percent of workers reported driving only themselves to their jobs. That was up from 81.7 percent the year before. Carpooling was next, at 8 percent, followed by public transportation at 2.5 percent.

-Nationwide, more than three-quarters of all workers -- 76.4 percent – drove alone to work last year.

The Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville also analyzed the data and found, among other things:

-The Elizabethtown/Fort Knox area had the highest computer ownership rate of the state's metro areas, 86.3 of all households, and the highest percentage of broadband Internet subscriptions, 76.4 percent of households.

-The broadband rate for households in the Louisville metro area was 72.2 percent.

-In Kentucky, slightly more than one-quarter (26.2 percent) of all households had no Internet access. The state's share of households with broadband (68.5 percent) was 42nd among all states and the District of Columbia.

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