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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The Current State of Wage Theft in Miami-Dade County

On February 18, 2010, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted 10 to 0 for the passage of the first county wide Wage Theft Ordinance in the country.  This report examines wage theft cases collected by the Small Business Development, the county office assigned to administer the Wage Theft Program. The report finds that wage theft claims filed [...]

The State of Working Florida 2012

This year’s State of Working Florida highlights how slow job creation has created growing inequalities in wages and among groups.  The Great Recession ended in 2009 but Florida continues to do worse than other states, especially those that have been able to boost manufacturing, which has in turn spurred growth.  This slow recovery has meant [...]

Florida Worse Off than Other States In the Recovery

Florida Worse Off than Other States In the Recovery
Wages declined $1000 for the typical worker in 2011
MIAMI – Florida’s economic recovery is slower and more uneven compared with other states, according to the latest State of Working Florida report to be released  on Labor Day by the Research Institute on Social [...]

The Florida Minimum Wage: Good for Workers, Good for the Economy

This report explains the impact of the minimum wage in Florida, including which groups and industries benefit, the impact on employment, and how Florida compares with other states. Some key findings:
- The vast majority of minimum wage workers are adults working full time – only 10% of minimum wage workers are teenagers, and only 10% work [...]

Wage Theft: How Millions of Dollars are Stolen from Florida’s Workforce

The report finds that many of Florida’s workforce fall outside of federal labor laws; thus, other enforcement mechanisms such as Miami Dade’s Wage Theft Ordinance are needed to ensure that employees, communities, and local governments will not miss out on millions of stolen wages that are owed to them, and that [...]

State and Federal Unemployment Benefit Cuts Cost Millions for Workers and Florida’s Economy

As of October Florida’s unemployment rate was 10.3%, the lowest unemployment level since mid- 2009. This unemployment rate represents 955,000 jobless people out of a labor force of 9,228,000.This December unemployed Floridians face imminent cuts to their benefits both from the state and federal governments. If congress does not renew the Extended Benefits (EB) and [...]

Poverty increases for third straight year in 2010

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.

FIU Community Welcomes Local Economic Justice Activists and Celebrates Labor Center’s 40th Anniversary

On September 6, RISEP hosted a Labor Day forum with researchers and community activists who talked about the state of the economy and what communities are doing to organize for a fairer economy. Carlos A. Sanchez, an FIU graduate (‘11) and economics major, gave an overview of RISEP’s annual State of Working Florida report which [...]

Job Announcement

Associate Research Director
Florida International University, Miami 
The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP), the research arm of the Center for Labor Research and Studies invites applications for a non-tenure-track research faculty position to be appointed Fall 2011. We are searching broadly for candidates to fill the position of associate research director with expertise in [...]

Florida jobs deficit still near 1 million

Two years after the official end of the recession, Florida still has a jobs deficit of nearly 981,000 jobs, and some groups of workers are faring far worse than others in the economy, according to the annual State of Working Florida report to be released on Sunday by the Research Institute on Social and Economic [...]