By: The United Way of Greater St. Louis
The United Way of Greater St. Louis released a look at our region’s health and human services landscape. The 2011 Economic Pulse is a snapshot of what’s going in our region and how United Way plays a role in our community’s outlook.
Food insecurity is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (Source: USDA).
In 2010, 155,680 people or 15.6% of people in the St. Louis region were food insecure, with 53% or 82,510 individuals who were ineligible for government food assistance due to their income (Source: USDA).
>WATCH: Stories about local food insecurity
In January 2011, the unemployment rate for the St. Louis metropolitan area returned to 10% (over 143,000 unemployed) for the first time since June 2010. In February 2011, the rate returned to 9.9% (141,300 unemployed). The March 2011 unemployment declined to 9.3% (over 134,000 unemployed residents of the St. Louis region) (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Programs for elderly
Since the recession began, Missouri and Illinois have cut medical, rehabilitative, home care, or other services needed by low-income elderly or those with disabilities, or are significantly increasing the cost of these services.