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ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)
ALICE is our neighbor who is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (or retired) and living on the edge. ALICE may be a college student; a recent grad who is working and paying off tuition debt; a young family struggling to pay for child care so they can work; the underemployed working less than full-time and without benefits; active duty military personnel; a family caregiver; or a senior on a fixed income struggling with health issues.
Bottom line is that ALICE individuals and families living in Hunterdon County struggle every day to make ends meet. Yet ALICE works in jobs that are essential to the county’s economy.
Why does ALICE struggle?
- Income is falling behind the cost of living - Did you know it costs a household with two adults and two young children ~$90,000 to barely get by in Hunterdon County? That's an increase of almost $10,000 over a two-year period. The cost of basic household expenses increased steadily in every county in New Jersey between 2010 and 2016. The average household budget rose by 28 percent from 2010 to 2016.
- The available jobs are low-paying despite providing essential services to Hunterdon County
ALICE works in occupations we all depend on. However, more than 50% of jobs in Hunterdon County pay less then $20/hour. These jobs will account for 75% of new jobs over the next decade.
- More than 30% of seniors struggle and live below the ALICE threshold - a significant increase over two years prior.
- Meet ALICE
Data Sources: U.S. Census & American Community Survey data; U.S. Bureau of Labor; New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Poverty Benchmarks: Legal Services of NJ; Monmouth Opinion polls; News reports