Welcome to the New Jersey Poverty & Economic Reporting Project

With unemployment at generational highs, both nationally and in the state of New Jersey, it is important to ensure that the debate over the economy focuses on the people who find themselves struggling to get by.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer noted in May,

More New Jersey residents lived in poverty in 2010 than ever before, according to a report released Sunday.

A record 885,0000 people in the state, nearly 300,000 of them children, lived below the poverty line, say authors of an analysis by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute in Edison, which is based on the most recent numbers available.

The New Jersey Poverty & Economic Reporting Project will publish original reporting and commentary and links to news reports and commentary on the economy and economic need in New Jersey and around the nation. Our goal is to open a window into the lives of those in the cross-hairs of an unsettled economy.

It is administered by Hank Kalet, a long-time New Jersey journalist and editor.

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