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
New Census Figures Show That California Has 7.5 Million Residents Living in Poverty — More Than Any Other State
This report looks at the latest US Census poverty figures, showing that with 7.5 million state residents struggling to get by, Califonia has by far the largest number of individuals in poverty of any state, based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM).
Incomes Grew and the Official Poverty Rate Dropped in California in 2017, But Millions Still Struggle With Extremely Low Incomes
This report looks at the US Census official poverty measure figures for California, showing that millions of Californians, including many children, lived in poverty in 2017 in spite of our state’s recent economic gains.
The Trump Administration’s Trade War With China Is Likely to Affect Businesses in All California Congressional Districts
After months of escalating tit-for-tat tariffs between the US and China, the trade war between the two countries shows no sign of ending any time soon. This blog post highlights how the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration together with retaliatory tariffs imposed by China in response can be expected to negatively impact jobs, business profits, and state and local tax revenues.