Report: 37% of NJ households can’t afford basic needs
A new United Way ALICE report has found that 37 percent of households in New Jersey could not afford basic needs like housing, child care, health care, food or transportation in 2014.
The number is up from 29 percent in 2007.
The new number is made up of 11 percent of people who live below the federal poverty line.
The other 26 percent includes households whose earnings are above the poverty line, but are still not enough for necessities.
The report also said that 52 percent of New Jersey residents earn less than $20 an hour.
John Franklin, of the United Way North Jersey, said that between 2007 and 2014, the United States saw inflation rise 14 percent. In New Jersey, it rose 23 percent.
Franklin is hoping legislators in Trenton are seeing these numbers, and are willing to make changes.
Following the release of the data, United Way says it has two more pressing concerns. One is more financial support for child care for the state, and concerns about advances in technology that are taking away jobs.
ALICE stands for people who are asset limited, income constrained and employed.