Vermont Job Gap Study
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download. Phase 1-9 available for free download.
Addendum to Phase 9
(March 2006): Business Climate
-- Interstate Business Relocation, Myths vs. Reality
The Addendum examines the assertion that Vermont has an
unfriendly business climate and this impedes business and job
growth. New findings include: the number of businesses moving out of
state vs. moving in is nearly identical; nearly as many companies
move into Vermont from low tax states as move to low
tax states; and employment change is driven primarily by business
contraction/expansion and start-ups/closures.
Phase 9 (Feb 2006): Economic Development in
Vermont: Funding, Priorities, and Performance
Download the Executive Summary of Phase 9
Phase 9 was released in Feb 2006. Phase 9 breaks new ground
in our work to raise awareness on the State's priorities for
allocating our tax dollars and how this impacts working Vermonters.
The State spent almost $42 million in FY05 for core economic
development programs. Phase 9 provides recommendations for
evaluating and adjusting current allocations of taxpayer resources
to support working people, i.e. livable jobs in Vermont.
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shipping and handling, $1.50 for one copy, $0.75 for each additional
copy. For more information to order a copy call 863-2345 x8.
We would like to thank the
following financial supporters of Phase 9:
Anne Slade Frey Fund
Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Burlington Community and Economic
Champlain Valley Office of
Haymarket People's Fund
Northern New England Tradeswomen
Unitarian Universalist Funding
United Way of Chittenden County
Vermont Campus Compact
Vermont Conference of United
Church of Christ
Vermont Community Foundation
Vermont State Employees
Phase 8 (Dec 2003): Nickel and Dimed: Poverty & Livable Wage Jobs
Download the Executive
Summary of Phase 8
Phase 8 of the Job
Gap Study contains data from the 2000 U.S. Census on poverty and
livable wages in Vermont. For the first time in Job Gap history,
we have included expanded sections on race and gender specific
analysis on wages, jobs, and unemployment.
Note: Phase 8 does not contain core text within Phase 7 (2002) on
livable wage methodology, nor does it contain an explanation of the
basic needs budget methodology used by the Vermont Joint Fiscal
Office when calculating livable wage figures. Phase 7 also contains
extensive analysis on how working Vermonters meet their basic needs
when they do not earn a livable wage. We encourage you to refer to
Phase 7 (2002) for a discussion about the Vermont economy, including
the cost of under-employment, the consequences for families not
earning a livable wage (LW), and the fiscal implications for
taxpayers and the state when employers do not pay a LW.
Phase 7 (June 2002): Basic Needs, Livable Wage Jobs and the Cost of Under-Employment
Download the Executive Summary of Phase 7
Phase 6 (July 2000): The
Leaky Bucket: An Analysis of Vermont's
Dependence on Imports
Phase 5 (July 1999): Basic
Needs and a Livable Wage 1998 Update
Phase 4 (Oct. 1998): Policy
Recommendations (October 1998)
Phase 3 (Feb. 1998): The
Social Cost of Underemployment
Phase 2 (May 1997): Livable
Wage Jobs: The Job Gap
Phase 1 (Jan. 1997) Basic
Needs and a Livable Wage
2007 Livable Jobs
Toolkit: Workplace Practices that Attract and Keep Employees. For Vermont businesses with small, medium, or large budgets.
Download The Livable Jobs Toolkit in .pdf
This report is published by Vermont Businesses for a Social
Responsibility Research & Education Foundation (www.vbsr.org) in collaboration with
the Peace & Justice Center.
The Toolkit is a workbook to help businesses create a
work/life-friendly workplace, offer an attractive package of
combined wages, benefits and workplace practices and remain
profitable at the same time.
The Toolkit contains three levels of benefits and workplace
practices, ranging from the very affordable to those that require
more of an investment, with potentially more return. The Toolkit
includes a series of worksheets to help businesses identify employee
and company needs, financial costs of employee-related challenges,
and action plans to use solutions offered by the workbook.
The Economic Impact of Vermont's
Child Care Industry
the complete report OR Download
the executive summary.
This report is a joint project
of Windham Child Care Association and the Peace & Justice
Center, examining how the child care industry contributes to
and affects the Vermont economy, as well as Vermont's current
and future workforce.
Between a Rock and A Hard Place: Housing and
Wages in Vermont
the complete 2009 report (.pdf format)
This report tracks the
gap between Vermont's housing costs vs. Vermonters' incomes. The gap
continues to grow, and many Vermonters are still having a tough time
finding housing they can afford. Produced by the Vermont Housing
Council and the Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign. For more
information go to www.housingawareness.org.
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