By Saba Long
The inequality drumbeat is getting louder and louder across the metro region. Even the Washington Post recently sent a reporter here to feature the day-to-day struggles of a young, recently homeless single mother in Clayton County.
The author wrote, “For the poor in the Deep South’s cities, simply applying for a job exposes the barriers of a particularly pervasive and isolating form of poverty.”
- Parents without post secondary education head about half of Georgia’s low-income working families. Limited education among working parents restricts their ability to compete for higher-paying jobs.
- Forty-five percent of Georgia’s children under 13 in working families are in low-income working families. Children who lack access to high-quality, affordable early care and education are not ready to start school on par with their peers. Working parents also need after-school care to help them maintain their jobs and compete for promotions.
- About half of the state’s low-income working families include at least one uninsured parent. Without insurance, these parents are more likely to put off treatment and end up sicker and less productive than parents with insurance.