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Income Inequality

Matters Settled But Not Resolved: Worker Misclassification in the Rideshare Sector

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"According to the most recently available government data, 65 percent of Florida workers earn annual salaries below the state average annual salary of $39,099. The position of a worker along the distribution of earnings in Florida is largely dependent on their occupation and is heavily influenced by their sex, race and ethnicity. This brief will present Florida’s occupational structure by annual earnings and the demographics associated with low, middle, and high earning jobs."

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FIU's Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) is excited to co-release, with UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, a new research report on the so-called "gig economy". "When Matters are Settled but Not Resolved: Misclassification in the Rideshare Sector" reviews the law and judicial decisions to date on whether Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or independent contractors.

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While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report by the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) uses the latest available data to examine how the top 1 percent in each state have fared over 1917–2012, with an emphasis on trends over 1928–2012. In so doing, this analysis finds that all 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades.

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This study on gender equity at FIU was commissioned by the United Faculty of Florida at FIU to analyze the most basic indicators of gender equity, numbers of men and women and salaries paid to men and women members of the faculty. The analysis of these factors is based on 2010-11 data provided by FIU’s office of Academic Affairs.

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Since the recession began in 2007, Florida has seen the largest increase in poverty in the nation. Three million Floridians, roughly 1 in 6 people, were living below poverty levels in 2010. In 2010, close to 1 in 4 children in the state were living in poverty.

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The last five months have seen steady declines in Florida’s unemployment rate, from 12% in December to 10.6% in May. The improvement leveled off in June, when the unemployment rate was unchanged. Since January 2010 the state has gained 85,500 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures, the longest and largest continuous gain since the recession began more than three years ago.

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Cuts to unemployment benefit weeks would have disparate impact on workers of color, given the large difference in unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic workers.

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At the end of 2010 Florida’s economic outlook is still uncertain. The number of jobs increased just slightly in 2010, growing by 0.6% for an addition of 43,500 jobs. However there are still over 1.1 million people unemployed in the state. This means that for every job that was added, there are still 25 people for whom there was no job. In addition the year ended with a 0.2% decline in employment from November to December.

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2009 third quarter report on unemployment in Florida, with breakdowns by race.

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