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BOISE — The number of households classified as the working poor rose 86% between 2007 and 2018, according to a new study from United Way of Treasure Valley.

The nonprofit regularly studies the numbers of households classified as ALICE — which means asset limited, income constrained, employed — to study the economic well-being of low-wage earners in Idaho. Workers in these households typically hold jobs in the health care sector, food service or other jobs that have been essential to society during the pandemic, but have low wages and few job protections. The latest numbers available from the United Way are for 2018.

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