Despite low unemployment rates, too many open jobs pay less than a family-sustaining wage. In Interfaith Outreach’s Employment Services program, our goal is to support individuals to find employment that meets their financial needs. In Minnesota, a single adult with one child would need to work full time and earn $26.45/hour to support their family.*
The 2020 minimum wage increase to $10/hour leaves a substantial gap for workers, particularly those with low skills, minimal English or a lack of credentials. In fact, the Aspen Institute notes “two-thirds of job growth projected to 2026 is in occupations that typically pay less than a family-sustaining wage.”
In Cody’s case (read his story), finding employment that met his needs meant connecting him to job training for higher wages in a field that provided two other key components — benefits eligibility and a predictable schedule — adding to his increased stability.
*(sources: MIT living wage calculator)
want to partner with us?
The Interfaith Employment Services team is looking to partner with local employers. Talk with us about your job opportunities that provide (or can lead to) family-sustaining wages. We especially want to talk to you if you are a west metro employer. Call 763-489-7500 or email Employment Services Manager, Natalie Bullinger, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.