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August 27, 2009

Costs rising here for basic needs

SEATTLE (AP) — A new report confirms what most Washington families already know — it's getting more costly to meet basic needs such as housing, food and child care.

The University of Washington report measures “self-sufficiency standards” for all 39 counties. Researchers calculated average incomes and costs of basic needs such as housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and taxes. Variables such as age of children were also included.

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