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Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Shawn Fremstad; Rebecca Ray; Hye Jin Rho

Topic: Banking and finance (Personal finance and saving)

Keywords: Dual-income household; Household income; Government -- Public services and utilities

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Synthesizing previous CEPR research, this report uses a new methodology to better assess the economic security of working families. Rather than using the federal poverty line as a metric for a family's economic hardship, the authors of "Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports," use basic family budgets and consider the role of public works supports to present a more accurate picture of a working family's economic needs for attaining a basic standard of living in their communities. The study includes results for 45 states and the District of Columbia.