Supporting Working Families

State-level indicators show the Tennessee economy is doing better than ever. But behind our strong economic growth is a hard reality: Not all Tennesseans are benefiting equally, and many working families are struggling to achieve economic security.

Making Ends Meet

Half of Tennessee families depend on a female breadwinner, but 40 percent of female-headed households in Tennessee live in poverty. Whether rural, urban or suburban, Tennesseans struggle with high levels of debt. And a third of Tennesseans overall report they’re worried about making ends meet.

Moving Tennessee Families Forward

To move Tennessee forward, ThinkTennessee is pushing for evidence-based solutions that support working families and help more Tennesseans benefit from our strong economy:

  • Ensuring that debt isn’t a barrier to economic mobility or civic engagement.
  • Helping more women join and stay in the workforce.
  • Pushing for reforms that ensure court fines and fees don’t keep Tennesseans stuck in a cycle of poverty.

Research

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 THE COVID-19 RECESSION IN TENNESSEE FACT SHEET

This fact sheet analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, a new tool designed to collect information about how lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting both the latest economic conditions for Tennessee’s working families and important policy levers for state and local leaders to consider to mitigate ongoing economic distress.

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STATE OF OUR STATE: WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE (2019)

Developed in partnership with the A Better Balance, this policy brief addresses the state of working women in Tennessee. It finds that half of Tennessee families depend on a female breadwinner. Yet, most women in our state face significant barriers to achieving economic security for themselves and their families.

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WORKING FAMILIES AND ECONOMIC SECURITY FACT SHEET (2019)

Too many working families in Tennessee lack economic security.

Parenting is demanding—physically, emotionally and financially. But just how much does providing for a family in Tennessee cost? Are families in our state able to afford it? This Working Parents Day, we’re taking a closer look.