COVID-19 changed the landscape for working families in York County. In March 2020, the York County unemployment rate was at 2.9% by May 2020, it had jumped to 12.5% and in August it was still at 7.2%.
The long term impacts of the pandemic are difficult to predict. We do know there continues to be an increase of needs in our community and the goal of helping families become financially stable is even more important during a time of crisis. UWYC is equipping individuals with the tools and resources to not only earn a livable wage but effectively manage their finances so that they can break the cycle of poverty.
- The largest increase in calls to 2-1-1 in the second half of March came from individuals who were experiencing lost or reduced wages and had no work until further notice.
- Food security was their largest concern followed by feeling stressed.
- There were 3,374 unemployment claims in York County the week ending April 4, 2020. This tells us that people are going to need help beyond unemployment benefits and the stimulus money looking forward.
- In the most recent 211 report from July 2020, we saw that rental and electric assistance were the highest needs.
Now more than ever, it is critical we provide opportunities for individuals to propel their careers, manage their finances, and make positive decisions for their future. Your donation helps break the cycle of poverty by empowering York County families to become financially stable.