28 Percent of County Residents Don't Make Enough to Provide for Their Families

A recently released United Way report found 28 percent of Middlesex County residents and one-third of all state residents can't provide essentials for their families.

According to a new report by the United Way, 28 percent of Middlesex County residents are not in poverty, but still not making enough money to meet the needs of their families.

An Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE household is considered one that is above the poverty level, but below a basic cost of living threshold, according to the report.

In New Jersey in 2010, the annual Household Survival Budget for a family of four was considered to be $58,500 and $25,368 for a single adult.

"ALICE is someone you meet everyday. She/he is someone you depend on to
care for your kids, fix your car, and tend to your elderly relative," said John B. Franklin, CEO of the United Way of Northern New Jersey. "Despite working, often at more than one job, ALICE earns far too little for a sustainable lifestyle. No matter how hard these individuals work, they’re not going to make it and their kids, your neighbors, and our community will pay the price in the long run."

According to the report, there are 769,900 ALICE households in New
Jersey, and 312,762 households were deemed to be living below the poverty line.

Middlesex County is tied with Monmouth, Morris and Union Counties in terms of houses not making enough money, all with 28 percent.

The highest number of working poor and living in poverty households were found in Cumberland, Cape May, Essex and Ocean counties, according to the report.

Just me September 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
New Jersey has unfortunately taxed their residents to the point where it is a choice to either pay their taxes or eat. When the numbers are this high, something has to give. It is unsustainable.
Joe R September 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Baloney, this has nothing to do with taxes, this has to do with employers taking advantage of desperate workers, who are desperate for a job and will almost settle for any peon wage to survive. Another imporatnt factor in the decline of wages and benefits is the rabid, rampant union busting that's been going on for more than 30 years. Unions level the playing field and fight for higher pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. It's a scandal that a country as rich as America has a child poverty rate of about 24%, the highest amongst the wealthy democracies. We really hate poor people in this country, we blame them for their plight. The poor and the middle class have been mugged by the greed of the top 5%. It's called the Walmartization of the American workforce and it will continue until we hit rock bottom and the great mass of people finally get fed up and say enough.


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