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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

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New Urban Institute report on low-wage workers’ move to self-sufficiency

Abstract from Urban Insitute website:

Over the last decade, American social policy has increasingly focused on encouraging and requiring work for those receiving government supports. This study analyzes the dynamics of the low-wage labor market and the role of work supports in helping workers move toward economic self-sufficiency. Monthly data from January 2001 through January 2003 shows that over one-quarter of workers earn low wages. We find evidence that low-wage workers are moving to higher-wage jobs, but two years later, the majority of low-wage workers either remain in low-wage jobs or are not working. Our analysis provides some, although limited, evidence that government-provided work supports promote self-sufficiency.

Read the full report online at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412173-low-wage-workers.pdf.

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2009

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights how state income taxes impact the working poor. Read a summary online or download the full report at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3173.

The homeless and for-profit colleges

This Business Week article discusses how some for-profit colleges are targeting the homeless.

How shrinking state budgets are impacting the working poor

Check out this webcast  from the Spotlight on Poverty.

Important reading from the OJFSDA’s weekly email

Check out America’s Poorest Children and How to help those losing DMA coverage.

Poverty: how do single women fare?

Read this report from the Center for American Progress for a discussion of single women and poverty.