WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has released a new county-by-county report highlighting the problem of income inequality in Pennsylvania.

Casey discussed the data on Tuesday and called on Congress to focus on closing the income gap in the new year by raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and investing in early education.

“Income inequality is a problem that impacts all facets of our state’s economy, from middle class families to small businesses who depend on customers to thrive,” Casey said. “I’m calling on Congress to take steps this year to address income inequality in the short- and long-terms. Congress should move quickly to vote on an increase in the minimum wage while working on a plan to invest in early education so every child has a better shot at reaching their full potential.”

The report cited the following statistics for Fayette, Greene and Washington counties for 2012:

n In Fayette County, the population was 136,914, and there were 22,795 people living in poverty for a poverty rate of 16.6 percent. The median household income was $38,740 and 15.8 percent of the population had less than a high school diploma.

n In Greene County, the population was 38,614, and there were 5,543 living in poverty for a poverty rate of 14.4 percent. The median household income was $42,819 and 14.9 percent of the population had less than high school diploma.

n In Washington County, the population was 207,916, with 21,914 living in poverty, for a poverty rate of 10.5 percent. The median household income was $53,545 and 10 percent of the population had less than a high school diploma.

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