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We're thrilled to introduce an exciting new website exploring low wage work in North Carolina. The website was researched and designed by master's students in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning for the Poverty Center under the supervision of Professor T. William Lester. This highly interactive website provides a rich trove of information, including demographic breakdowns of who low wage workers are, which industries and occupations they work in, where low wage jobs are located, and policies that address the challenges of low wage work.
The website's charts and maps can be filtered and shared, plus their data can be downloaded for further analysis. This site is a great tool for anyone interested in a closer look at one of the defining characteristics of our state (and national) economy.
North Carolina has recently received national and regional attention for its surging poverty rates, especially in its cities.
These and similar stories and studies have been covered by the press, including pieces in Business Insider, the News and Record, and the Charlotte Observer. As a result, Charlotte is forming a poverty task force and Raleigh's mayor called for a series of poverty summits to be attended by the mayors of the state's largest cities.
The Poverty Center is delving deeply into urban poverty and will continue to cover and examine this critical issue.
The Poverty Center is delighted that Allison De Marco is joining us as our second research fellow. Dr. De Marco is an Investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and adjunct faculty at the UNC-CH School of Social Work. Her research examines poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, child care and the well-being of residents of rural communities. She is also interested in asset development in low income communities of color. Read her full bio.
We're thrilled to partner with Dr. De Marco and look forward to supporting and sharing her research, featuring related research and building ties with the School of Social Work.
The entirety of our "Seeing the Invisible" series, which spotlighted different poverty-related issues in our state last year in the News and Observer, is now available for Kindle. It is a great way to re-read the series on the go or to give the gift of poverty awareness to someone else for under four dollars.