Poverty is a real and serious issue in Pittsburgh. Currently, 21% of Pittsburgh’s population lives at or below the poverty rate, a full 6% higher than the national average. This disparity in wealth is also reflected in data relating to homelessness, home ownership, employment, education, health and well-being, and most other measures of “livability” in Pittsburgh.
While Pittsburgh experienced a lower unemployment rate overall during the recent “Great Recession,” we also were experiencing much higher levels of unemployment among key sectors of Pittsburgh population. In 2012, 16.6% of African American Pittsburghers and 11.8% of Hispanic Pittsburghers were unemployed, respectively nearly three times and two times the unemployment rate of White Pittsburghers (6.1%).