Workforce Wednesday: Intergenerational Poverty is about human capital and potential

The past couple weeks have seen quite a bit of movement regarding Utah’s efforts to help families climb out of the cycle of poverty. Executive Director Jon Pierpont testified before Congress about Utah’s research on intergenerational poverty. KUER picked up the testimony in their news coverage. And Jon also co-authored an op-ed with Natalie Gochnour outlining the importance of economic stability as a key component of this discussion.

We don’t think of this as simply a poverty issue. Really, it’s a workforce issue. The thousands of Utahns (not to mention their children) who today face additional barriers to full economic success represent lost human capital. Most of these adults work, but don’t earn enough or have steady employment.

Utah’s economy is creating numerous and diverse opportunities that require a willing workforce to fill the new jobs. Equipping Utah adults with the right tools to pull themselves out of poverty—and providing a pathway for children to do the same as they grow up—will help fuel our economy by tapping into that potential.

We encourage you to follow this initiative, and stay plugged in to the plentiful research reports and other resources as we move forward.

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