Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Employment rates are a strong indicator of the well being of a community. However, the importance of mere employment is not enough, as a growing percentage of jobs do not pay a wage adequate for individuals and their families to obtain self-sufficiency. Maintaining self-sufficiency is further complicated by the fact that individuals earning low incomes are much more likely to become unemployed than higher wage earners.


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Why is this important?

  • Living in a community with a strong economic base presents opportunities for employment for both adults and youth. Employment of adults at a level that supports self-sufficiency raises the economic status of families and contributes to their well-being.

How are we doing?

  • At the end of 2012, 71,800 people were unemployed (10.6%) in Sacramento County
  • By May 2013, 54,000 people filed for unemployment benefits (8.0%)
  • Sacramento County has maintained a similar unemployment pattern to the State of California, both of which are higher than the nation.

Unemployment by Income Level

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Why is this important?

  • Low income workers and workers with little experience are typically the first to be displaced from employment.
  • Those who can least afford to be unemployed for any amount of time are the most likely to become unemployed.
  • In addition to emotional instability, children with no parents in the workforce experience 2 to 3 times the rate of maltreatment as children with parents in the workforce, according to the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect.

How are we doing?

  • Unemployment rates are nearly 3 times higher for individuals with no high school diploma (14%), compared to those who have obtained a Bachelor's degree (5%).
  • For those that have earned a Graduate degree, the unemployment rate is about 3%.

Projected Jobs

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Why is this important?

  • For the most part, the jobs with the largest anticipated growth pay inadequate wages to support a family.
  • A growing number of families will have increasingly difficult challenges achieving a self-sufficient wage.

How are we doing?

  • None of the five jobs projected to have the most job openings in the Sacramento MSA, pay a wage that meets the self-sufficiency standard for a family with children.  The highest hourly median wage is $11.00 per hour.  This is nearly $15.00 less than the self-sufficiency wage for either a single-parent or a two-parent family with two children.
  • The top five jobs listed above represent nearly 30% of all job openings projected.

Data Source Unemployment Rate for Sacramento County and California, and Occupations with the Most Job Openings: California Employment Development Department (EDD), Labor Market Information Branch, and National Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information visit: EDD Labor Market Information and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data Source Unemployment Rates by Income Level: Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts. For more information visit: Center for Labor Market Studies

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:48