• Description

Policy debates about whether wages and benefits from work provide enough resources to achieve economic self-sufficiencyrely on data for workers, not working families. Using data from the Current Population Survey, we find that almost two-thirdsof families working full time earn enough to cover a basic family budget, but that less than a quarter of low-income families do.

Families’ Job Characteristics and Economic Self-Sufficiency: Differences by Income, Race-Ethnicity, and Nativity