Two governors who should have retired before they did more damage
Gov. Mitch Daniels, becomes president of Purdue University, and Mike Pence is drooling over becoming the next US president. Neither should be proud of the results of this study, which they will no doubt ignore.
July 2013: Status of Working Families in Indiana, 2012 http://www.incap.org/documents/iiwf/2013/Status%202012%20Final.pdf~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chapter 1:Poverty On the Rise
Indiana was 1 of 17 states to see statistically significant increases in poverty rates from 2010 to 2011.
There are now a record-breaking 1,011,017 Hoosiers living in poverty and 2.24 million living below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline a level generally required for self-sufficiency.
Since the 2011 Report, poverty rates have increased for Hoosier children under 18 years of age and for children under 5 years of age, and 45.9 percent of Hoosier children are low-income also an increase and a larger percentage share than neighbor states.
Only five states in the U.S. (none of which are Indiana neighbor states) have seen larger percentage increases in low-income individuals since the recession began in 2007.
Chapter 2:Declining Opportunities
Indianas unemployment rate has been above the national average for 11 straight months.
Unemployment among African Americans increased substantially from 15.5 percent in 2011 to 19.8 percent in 2012.
Unemployment among 16-19 year olds also increased from 19.6 percent in 2011 to 21.9 percent in 2012.
As of 2011 in Indiana, 71 percent of all jobs were in occupations that pay less than what is required for economic self-sufficiency and 24 percent were in occupations that pay wages below the poverty line an increase since 2010.
Underscoring the low-wage recovery, the leisure and hospitality industry has seen the strongest growth over the past year in Indiana.
Indianas jobs deficit, or the difference between the numbers of jobs Indiana currently has, and the number of jobs it needs to regain for pre-recession employment (2,987,200 jobs) is 173,600 jobs.
Chapter 3:Working Harder for Less
At $15.24, the median hourly wage in Indiana is less than all neighboring states (excluding Kentucky).
Since the recession began, median hourly wages in Indiana have not recovered for both the 50th and 10th percentiles still down 7 and 8 percent, respectively, while those in the 90th percentile have seen a 1 percent increase.
If gains in productivity had been matched with gains in wages, median compensation would be just under $29 per hour. Likewise, if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity, it would be near $18.75 today.
Chapter 4:Skilling Up the Hoosier Workforce
A majority (54 percent) of all jobs in Indiana are still middle-skill jobsrequiring more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree, while only 47 percent of Hoosier workers have the appropriate skills and credentials.
Just 23 percent of Hoosiers over the age of 25 have a bachelors degree (44th in the nation).