Each year, in partnership with the Economic Policy Institute, we produce the State of Working Colorado as a means of taking inventory of Colorado’s economy and how the state of the economy makes itself felt. The data presented in these reports is intended to help identify and shape the development of public policies that improve the lives of low-income Coloradans.
We live in an affluent state, but the gap between rich Coloradans and poor Coloradans is exploding. On the whole, we are slowly, but surely, recovering from the great recession. Job opportunities are growing. Still, there is a long way to go. And the challenges facing Coloradans in the recovery are especially acute for women, minorities, the less educated and people with disabilities.
The data presented in the State of Working Colorado 2013 is intended to help identify and shape the development of public policies that improve the lives of low-income Coloradans. Data does not tell the whole story of the experiences of the poor, the homeless, the jobless and the struggling single mothers or fathers. And any single point of data taken alone is not always telling and can, in fact, distort the actual picture. But taken as a whole, the data in the following pages does paint a compelling image of the challenges facing many Coloradans.
We look forward to sharing the data in State of Working Colorado 2013 with community activists, policymakers and elected officials as we work together toward reducing poverty. Let us make the state we all love a place whose residents all have the opportunity to thrive.