Figures released this month show Cumberland County's unemployment rate improved in April compared to the same period last year.

Cumberland County Department of Social Services Higher Cost of Living

As the average cost of living continues to rise, local resources to help those in need have seen an increase in cases, a Cumberland County official said.

On average, nearly 19% of Cumberland County residents live in poverty, according to US Census Bureau data, 6% higher than the national average. According to the report2, 6% of county residents under the age of 18 and 12% of residents over the age of 65 live in poverty.

People earning less than $13,590, a couple earning less than $18,310, or a family of three earning less than $23,030 a year are considered living in poverty, according to the 2022 poverty guidelines set by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Heather Skeens, director of the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, said by email last week that several DSS resources have seen an increase in cases.

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