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
Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Poverty
This report highlights the potential for public policies to reduce poverty and connect low-income Californians with economic opportunity.
It Took Much Longer to Regain the Number of Jobs Lost in the Great Recession, Compared to Other Downturns
The Great Recession was the worst economic downturn in generations. It took just 31 months for California to shed more than 1.3 million jobs, a decline of 8.6%.