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Indicator 1:

Working households
 that are low income

Trend
vs. Georgia








What does it measure?

The indicator measures the percentage of fully employed working households in Chatham County that are low income. This includes households where one or two persons work 50 weeks per year or more, combined, and the total household income is less than 250 percent of the federal poverty income level for a one parent, two child household. In 2011, that income level was $45,308. The indicator is a measure of the standard of living in these households and provides insight about the flow of financial resources through these households in Chatham County.


Why is it important?

The financial stability and well-being of families is an important reflection of a community’s vitality and is related to the long run economic growth and development of the metropolitan area. Financial stability provides sufficient resources and income to support households and overcome short-term financial emergencies associated with short-term job loss, health concerns, unexpected automobile expenses, and emergency expenses required for the upkeep of the home or household. Low income workers generally have little, if any, financial reserves, and face a higher risk of poverty in the event the household faces a challenging financial crisis.


How are we doing?

The percentage of fully employed households increased from 68% to 75% between 2009 and 2011; however, a greater proportion of these households reported lower income. In Chatham County in 2011, 32.7% of fully employed working households were low income compared to 27% in 2009. In Chatham County's white households, 21.2% of those fully employed were low income, while 54.5% of African American fully employed households were low income. The incidence of full-time employed low income households increased more significantly for African-American residents, 2009 to 2011. Not surprisingly, where part-time work was the norm, a much higher percentage of households were low income. The figure was 30 percentage points higher in African American households than white households.



PERCENT OF WORKING HOUSEHOLDS IN CHATHAM COUNTY
THAT ARE LOW INCOME, BY EMPLOYMENT STATUS: 2009, 2011
Source: AASU Public Service Center



 

PERCENT OF WORKING HOUSEHOLDS IN CHATHAM COUNTY
THAT ARE LOW INCOME, BY EMPLOYMENT STATUS AND ETHNICITY: 2009, 2011
Source: AASU Public Service Center









 


 

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