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On Feb. 18, a working group of the UNC Board of Governors recommended that the Poverty Center be "discontinued." The full board will vote on this recommendation at their Feb. 27 meeting in Charlotte.
Below is an incomplete list of documents and articles related to this decision.
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Low wage jobs are growing in North Carolina. This has profound consequences for our neighbors, communities and state.
To explore the nature of low wage work and the challenges workers face, the Poverty Center is hosting a panel of employment scholars and worker advocates. The panel will be held on March 3 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in UNC-CH's Wilson Library.
As one of the main drivers of the state economy, it's important to understand low wage work. How many people does it affect? Who is most likely to be a low wage worker? What industries employ the largest number of low wage workers? To help answer these questions, the Center is excited to offer a new website on low wage work.
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 on 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 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.