Employment and Job Quality

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High rates of unemployment have often been linked to high rates of poverty (1-4), and the financial disruption caused by unemployment could place individuals at additional risk of poverty, particularly when it is long-term (5-6).  For these reasons, it is important to explore the relationship between employment status and poverty rates.
Even full-time workers can be in poverty, and it can be useful to evaluate employment based on more than just hours worked.  It is important to measure whether workers are earning enough money to support their families and whether or not their hourly wages are high enough for them to do this without working more than full time.  Forsyth Futures measures the quality of jobs by looking at total pay and hourly wages.
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Literature References

  1. Beverly, S. G. (2001). Material hardship in the United States: Evidence from the survey of income and program participation. Social Work Research, 25(3), 143–151. Retrieved from https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0038968297&partnerID=40&md5=44848dc0ad904b7d7dc20f5808d3758a
  2. Edin, K., & Kissane, R. J. (2010). Poverty and the American family: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 460–479. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00713.x
  3. Haskins, R. (2011). Fighting poverty the American way. Anti-Poverty Programs in a Global Perspective: Lessons from Rich and Poor Countries, Social Science Research Center, Berlin, [Record of a Symposium]. June 20-21, 2011. Berlin, Germany. Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/0620_fighting_poverty_haskins.pdf
  4. Danziger, S. H., & Haveman, R. H., eds. Understanding Poverty. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
  5. Pew Charitable Trust. (2013). Hard choices navigating the economic shock of unemployment: 2013. Retrieved from http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/pcs_assets/2013/empreportoverviewhardchoicesnavigatingtheeconomicshockofunemploymentpdf.pdf 
  6. Nichols, A., & McDade, Z. J. (2016). Long-term unemployment and poverty produce a vicious cycle. Retrieved from http://www.urban.org/urban-wire/long-term-unemployment-and-poverty-produce-vicious-cycle