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AZ ranked 47th in nation to be able to pay for basic needs

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Basic necessities are becoming harder to afford for working Arizona families. That's according to a new report by the Working Poor Families Project.

Arizona ranked 47th out of all 50 states in the report.  The report also shows that 39% of working families in Arizona are low-income families or 200% below the Federal Poverty Level.

The report also included that of the 652,000 working families in Arizona that 255,000 families were low income.

Even though the economy seems to be getting better more than 70% of low-income families earned salaries so low that they could not pay for the basic necessities.

The report says many of them are in low wage jobs that provide little or no benefits and often no opportunity for advancement and economic security.

That's when organizations like the Tucson Urban League come in to help.  The non-profit offers services like utility assistance, low cost day care and employment and training services.

For single mother, Marissa Flu-Allen she says daycare for her kids is just too expensive.

"I found myself turning down a couple of jobs because that fact that you know there's not enough resources to help you get childcare. There is a way to get scholarships and it helps out, but the waiting lists for scholarships has been exhausted," said Flu-Allen.

Interim CEO of the Tucson Urban League, Terisha Ellis, hopes by continuing the employment and training workshops, more people will find better paying jobs in the industries that are already here.

"It's at a point of one thing or the other. Do I pay the electric or do I put food in the cabinet and it shouldn't be that way. I think we need to continue to work to make sure that people are stretched that way."

Terisha Ellis hopes by continuing the employment and training workshops, more people will find jobs in the industries that are already here.

To learn more about the Tucson Urban League, click here.

To learn more about the report, click here.

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