Report: Crime, homelessness drop in Austin; poverty on rise

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by KVUE News

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Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 12:42 PM

AUSTIN -- A new study shows that crime and homelessness are dropping in Austin, though poverty is on the rise.

In its annual report, the Community Action Network found that unemployment rates have dropped from six percent to 5.5 percent over the last year.

Meanwhile, Travis County's crime rate dropped by 90 percent from 2010 to 2011.There was also a five and a half percent drop in homelessness.

That doesn't mean there aren't problems. More people are paying over 30 percent of their income for housing.

The city is struggling with a rising poverty level. Thirty-six percent of Travis County redisents are low income.

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