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Forty-four percent of Florida households "could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation in 2015," according to the United Way of Florida's most recent ALICE report. "ALICE" stands for "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" and refers to households with incomes above the federal poverty level that still struggle to afford basic necessities. While the number of Florida households in poverty fell slightly from 2012 to 2015, the percent of ALICE households rose, according to the United Way. "Of Florida’s 7.5 million households, 14.5 percent lived in poverty in 2015 and another 29.5 percent were ALICE," the report found.  The cost of basic household expenses increased in every county between 2007 and 2015, while low-wage jobs continued to dominate the job market, with 67 percent of all jobs in the state paying less than $20 per hour and three-quarters of those jobs paying less than $15 per hour.

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