Jobs & Income

Gainful employment is foremost in the minds of Floridians of all stripes.  Many of the jobs that currently exist in Florida, however, do not pay sufficient wages to support a family and provide them with needed economic stability and opportunities for advancement.  As we look at the current job market and, particularly, the creation of new jobs in our economy, our analyses will focus on the incomes that those jobs can generate.  Only good paying jobs with opportunities for advancement will increase the overall well being of Floridians.

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The goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is to move families from dependence on government assistance to economic self-sufficiency by providing participants with temporary cash assistance for basic needs, subsidized child care and employment/employability supports. Since TANF is administered as a federal block grant program, Florida has flexibility in the allocation of funds to permissible purposes. However, this flexibility has led to the growing diversion of funds to programs and services that are outside of TANF’s core welfare reform activities, resulting in fewer resources being allocated for services that would help families become economically self-sufficient. Read more...
Policy Brief
The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal would slash roughly $2.5 trillion over the next decade from anti-poverty programs that help struggling low-income families. These programs provide access to nutritious food, keep a roof over their heads and allow access to affordable health care. Congress must reject this proposal. Read more...
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Benchmarking Florida
Florida is ranked 47th in the nation in terms of income distribution between those in the top 1 percent income bracket and the rest of the state’s residents.  Families in the top 1 percent income bracket earned $43 for every $1 earned by the rest of Floridians in 2012 (the latest year for which data is available), according to the Economic Analysis and Research Network Report: The Increasingly Unequal States of America, 2015. Read more...
Last year, 2.1 million Earned Income Tax Credits were claimed in Florida, returning an average of $2501 to low income working people in the state. If 100% of eligible workers claimed their EITC, approximately a quarter of a million Floridians would see their incomes increase and nearly $1.1 billion more would be injected into Florida’s economy. Read more...