Vermont Job Gap Study

Vermont Job Gap Study

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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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We would like to thank the following financial supporters of Phase 9:

  • Anne Slade Frey Fund

  • Ben & Jerry's Foundation

  • Burlington Community and Economic Development Office

  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

  • Haymarket People's Fund

  • Northern New England Tradeswomen

  • Unitarian Universalist Funding Program

  • United Way of Chittenden County

  • Vermont Campus Compact

  • Vermont Conference of United Church of Christ

  • Vermont Community Foundation

  • Vermont Foodbank

  • Vermont State Employees Association

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


Other Related Vermont Publications

The 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 format

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

Download 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
Download 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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"We Can't Eat Prestige"

Vermont Job Gap Study

New Update to the Livable Jobs Toolkit (2007)

Economic Impact of Vermont's Child Care Industry

Report on Livable Wages in Schools

2009 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing & Wages in Vermont

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