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Fact Sheet

A higher minimum wage would help Alabama families make ends meet and strengthen our state’s economy

Too many hard-working Alabamians aren’t paid enough to get ahead. Alabama ranks in the bottom third of states for average hourly wages. Around 77,000 Alabamians earn wages at or below the $7.25 per hour minimum established by the federal government in 2009, and another 394,000 earn less than $10 an hour. In the absence of a [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
February 8, 2017
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Health coverage has improved in Alabama, but work remains, new study finds

Alabama has enjoyed great success in recent decades in ensuring that children and seniors have the health protection they need, according to a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report issued Tuesday as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. But the state lags behind the nation when it comes to insuring young adults, nearly [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 25, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: Health coverage in Alabama: Where we’ve succeeded and where there’s work to do

Alabama has enjoyed great success in recent decades in ensuring that children and seniors have the health protection they need, according to a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report issued Tuesday as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. But the state lags behind the nation when it comes to insuring young adults, nearly 30 percent [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 25, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

Alabama’s growing income gap is bad for its economy, report concludes

The widening income gap between the richest Alabamians and everyone else is reducing consumer spending and hurting the state’s economy, according to a new ACPP report released today as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. Alabama is among the top half of states for the severity of its income inequality, and its income [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
October 17, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: The growing divide: Alabama’s income gap is approaching Gilded Age levels

When the income gap between the rich and everyone else gets too large, the resulting inequality can threaten America’s foundations of fairness, equality and opportunity. Income inequality is deep in Alabama, and it has been getting even deeper in recent decades. Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of Alabamians saw their incomes grow by [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
October 17, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

Many Alabama Workers Have Little to Celebrate This Labor Day

This Labor Day will be a difficult one for many Alabama workers, according to a new ACPP report released today as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. Unemployment remains high. Jobs have disappeared. Wages are stagnant. The wealth gap between the rich and everyone else has grown. And trends in unemployment, job loss, [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
August 29, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: On Labor Day, Alabama workers face high unemployment

Many Alabama workers may find little reason to celebrate as we approach this Labor Day. The Great Recession is officially over, but the average Alabama worker has not yet recovered from it, as employment and jobs continue to lag behind and wages remain stagnant. Policy analyst Carol Gundlach's new report, part of ACPP's State of Working Alabama [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
August 29, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

ACPP Report: Alabama Workers to Feel Recession’s Fallout for Years

Many of the pathways Alabamians traditionally have used to get ahead have become more difficult to travel in the wake of the Great Recession, according to The State of Working Alabama 2011, a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report released today. Falling median household income, stagnating wages and soaring college costs have made it tougher [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 1, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2011

Well after the nation's official recovery from the Great Recession began, Alabama continued to feel the downturn's lingering effects in 2010: lower median household incomes, more poverty and more residents without health insurance. Unemployment has fallen from its 2009 peak, but the state's jobless rate remains above the national average. Higher poverty, fueled by lower incomes [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 1, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Hands on: Alabama’s adult workforce development

As Alabama recovers from a recession that undercut a wave of record economic growth and employment, workforce development policymakers face a two-fold challenge: getting thousands of Alabamians back to work and gearing up the broader workforce for systemic changes in the economy. This fact sheet offers an overview of skills training programs and related components of Alabama's [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
June 24, 2011
Author
Alabama Arise