A Loyola University report finds nearly a quarter-million families in Louisiana are struggling to meet basic needs.
The school’s Jesuit Social Research Institute finds low wages, high housing and health-care costs and scarce child care are to blame.
Researcher Ali Bustamante says a Louisiana single parent with one child needs $45,840 a year to meet a family's basic needs. That bracket needs a $22 hourly wage.
The three metro areas with the highest costs of living in Louisiana are — in order — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.