A new study by the United Way says 31-percent of Iowa households are struggling to afford their basic needs.
The finding is part of a United Way-sponsored ALICE report. It stands for Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed.
The report says 12-percent of Iowans live in poverty and 19-percent cannot afford the basic cost of living in their areas, forcing them to make concessions in areas like food and health care.
Deann Cook of the United Ways of Iowa says many of those struggling are in service sector jobs.