Jobs rise, but work support programs still needed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conduct an annual study of poverty have found jobs and earnings are beginning to rise again as the Badger State recovers from the recession.

But, they also found that jobs have not returned to pre-recession levels and that many of the new jobs are part-time, low-wage service sector positions. The study says work support programs, such as food assistance and refundable tax credits, are still needed to raise many working families with children above the poverty line.

Researcher Timothy Smeeding and his colleagues found that the overall poverty rate in 2012 declined to 10.2 percent, the lowest rate since a state-specific poverty measure devised by the researchers was first used in 2009. The official poverty rate for Wisconsin for 2012 was 12.8 percent.


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