Working Toward Greater Prosperity in North Carolina: Effective Employment Strategies
May 24, 2012
More than 16 percent of North Carolinians live in poverty. Full-time employment often is not enough to keep a household out of poverty. Even more striking, according to the most recent Census figures, nearly 25 percent of North Carolina’s children are poor. Poverty may seem too great a problem to tackle, but there are proven policies and programs that can allow families to leave poverty and can alter North Carolina’s statewide poverty rate.
This seminar focused on evidence-based jobs programs that may help alleviate unemployment and poverty in North Carolina. Policy experts and practitioners addressed the link between unemployment and poverty and highlighted opportunities for greater prosperity, including:
- Options for policymakers stemming from nationally recognized jobs programs and strategies;
- Strategies for successful welfare-to-work programs; and
- Innovative approaches to manufacturing, targeted at North Carolina’s workforce.
North Carolina Family Impact Seminars (NCFIS) provide objective, nonadvocacy, solution-oriented research on timely issues selected by policymakers. The seminars encourage policymakers to consider the impact of policies on families, just as they regularly consider the impact of policies on the economy and the environment.
- Rev. Odell Cleveland, President and CEO, Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc. O.I.C. – Community Action Agency, Greensboro, N.C.
- David Drugman, Human Resources Manager, Honda Aircraft Company, Greensboro, N.C.
- Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, and Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Terri Ratcliff, Executive Director, Industrial Extension Service, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.