Our state has a diverse and dynamic economy. Yet, a large share of Californians live in poverty, wages for the typical worker have been stagnant over the past generation, and the gap between the wealthiest and the less well-off is widening. Through our analyses of employment, incomes, and overall economic security, the Budget Center seeks to shed light on state and regional trends while highlighting potential policy approaches for helping low- and middle-income Californians to advance.
Work, Income & Poverty
Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Support a Family in California?
This report and interactive tool provides estimates on basic household budgets across four family types statewide and for each of California’s 58 counties. The report looks at why so many families in our state struggle to get by and highlights the key role that public supports play in helping families afford the basics.
Modest Gains for California’s Low- and Midwage Workers
With a new minimum wage increase having taken effect on January 1, this Data Hit discusses the role that prior minimum wage increases have played in boosting the earnings of low-wage workers in our state.
Better Poverty Measure Shows Economic Hardship Is More Widespread in Certain Parts of California
This post discusses updated California Poverty Measure (CPM) figures released by the Public Policy Institute of California, which can be used to examine how levels of poverty vary within California. The data show that economic hardship is considerably higher in many parts of the state when compared with data from the US Census Bureau’s official poverty measure.