Research Report The Intersection of Low-Wage Work and Public Assistance
Workers' Experiences in Minnesota
Amelia Coffey, Heather Hahn, Yuju Park
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This is a qualitative study of low-wage workers in two Minnesota communities who recently experienced either voluntary or involuntary job separation. The study confronts a false dichotomy that people are either working or on public assistance. The study analyzes workers’ experiences in low-wage, unstable jobs, reasons for separating from jobs, and the roles public assistance and other supports play in their lives. The study offers key insights from workers themselves on how jobs and assistance programs may be improved to help them achieve greater stability and economic security.

Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes Economic well-being Workers in low-wage jobs Beyond high school: education and training
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population