RISEP publishes research and data on issues of concern to low and middle income workers and their families in Florida. Our work focuses on working conditions, low wage workers, working poverty, living wage law and minimum wage laws, and high road development.

RISEP also publishes data on Florida’s work force, labor market statistics, wage levels, poverty, employment, shifts in jobs, quality of employment, immigration, race and gender statistics.

RISEP is part of the Center for Labor Research and Studies of the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.

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State of Working Florida 2011

This report focuses on how workers are faring in Florida’s economy, and the overriding theme in 2011 is the stark contrasts in the impact of the recession on different groups of workers. While higher educated workers in higher paying jobs appear to be doing fairly well and even gaining ground in wages, lower educated workers, [...]

Economic Update: Job growth slows in June, recent gains mostly in low-wage industries

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 [...]

Unemployment for Blacks, Hispanics in Florida saw sharp increase again in 2010

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. Average annual unemployment for all groups continued to go up from 2009 to 2010, but Black and Hispanic workers had much larger increases than White non-Hispanic workers. Hispanic unemployment increased [...]

Gentrification Mitigation Strategies and the Impact of Private Investment

Researcher Marcos Feldman presented his dissertation research at a breakfast sponsored by the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. His talk “Gentrification Mitigation Strategies and the Impact of Private Investment” gave an overview of gentrification, the Miami context for understanding it, and addressed the challenges for “mitigating” gentrification and highlighted approaches for doing so. Much later than older cities like New [...]

Florida’s Future: Who wins, Who loses?

RISEP Director Alex Stepick discussed patterns of social and economic inequality in Florida at the FIU Metropolitan Center breakfast forum on 2010 U.S. Census Key Economic and Social Trends. RISEP research on income inequality, labor market conditions for minority and immigrant workers, and the impact of the current recession indicates suggests that policy makers and community leaders [...]

Unemployment benefits put $9 billion into Florida’s economy

RISEP’s new analysis of Florida’s unemployment compensation system, co-released by Florida New Majority and the National Employment Law Project, shows that unemployment benefits are a key stimulus to Florida’s economy, putting over $9 billion into the state’s economy since the start of the recession. But Florida ranks low among states on key measures of how well benefits reach [...]

Issue Brief: Unemployment Compensation

RISEP’s new analysis of Florida’s unemployment compensation system, co-released by Florida New Majority and the National Employment Law Project, shows that unemployment benefits are a key stimulus to Florida’s economy, putting over $9 billion into the state’s economy since the start of the recession. But Florida ranks low among states on key measures of how well benefits reach [...]

Did Florida’s Economy Make Progress in 2010?

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 [...]

New Report on Wage Theft in Florida to be Released on One-year Anniversary of Miami-Dade Ordinance

 On February 28, 2011, Miami-Dade will celebrate one year since the passage of the Wage Theft Ordinance.  On this day, RISEP will be releasing its second wage theft report on the sheer amount of wage theft cases that have been documented by the Florida Wage Theft Task Force.
Read below to see how the Wage Theft [...]

In South Florida, wage theft at all levels

Miami Herald
By Nirvi Shah
November 16, 2010
A new report shows that wage theft in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties occurs not only in low-wage industries but also in professional and higher salary jobs, including those in the legal profession, at architecture and accounting firms, public and private schools and in medical fields.

The report entitled Wage Theft [...]