Analysis released today by the Working Poor Families Project shows that 1 in 3 working families are struggling to make ends meet
Just between 2008 and 2009, the number of low income working families increased by nearly a quarter of a million (246,000), adding another 1.7 million to the number of people living in low income working families.
While unemployment remains a problem, this analysis also makes clear that many who do have jobs are struggling as well. The authors offer a set of recommendations for federal and state policymakers:
- Expand the number of low-skilled adults
who enroll in education and skills
development programs and successfully
obtain postsecondary credentials valued in
the labor market.
- Improve wages, benefits and supports for
low-income working families and
stimulate the creation of significantly
more good jobs.
- Regularly assess the challenges faced by
america’s working families and the
adequacy and success of government policies
that facilitate their drive for economic
advancement and security