We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE households are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences not only for ALICE, but for all.
Between 2007 and 2019, Mississippi experienced steady economic improvements according to traditional measures. Unemployment in the state, as well as across the U.S., fell to historic lows, GDP grew, and wages rose slightly. Yet in 2019, 50% of households still struggled to make ends meet. While 19% of these struggling households were living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), another 31% were ALICE. These households earned above the FPL, but not enough to afford basic household necessities.
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ALICE in the news:
Mississippi Today, "Though half of Mississippians struggle to make ends meet, 31% don’t qualify for assistance" (October 4, 2021).