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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Terry Golden February 2017 Last week, United Way of Florida released its 2017 United Way ALICE Report. The report focuses on families that are ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households are working individuals or families that exceed the poverty level, but have difficulty paying basic costs of living. While 14.5 percent of Floridian families live below the poverty level, an additional 29.5 percent earn less than the minimum required for basic living expenses. Accordingly, 44 percent of Florida households are struggling economically. That’s 3.3 million families. Read more...
Governor Rick Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget proposal, despite the inclusion of additional tax reductions and subsidies geared to profitable businesses, does contain several positive recommendations. February 2017 There are some encouraging aspects of Governor Scott’s 2017-18 budget proposal, involving enhanced support of critical public services, which should be included and built upon in the legislative budget process. These include the following: Maintaining Our Health Support for health and human services initiatives include an additional: $84.6 million for Florida KidCare medical insurance coverage, bringing the KidCare total to $480 million. 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...