Lucia, Laurel


Study: Early Care and Education Industry Strengthens Entire California Economy

By Laurel Lucia
UC Berkeley Labor Center

More than 850,000 California children and their families are enrolled in early care and education programs in child care centers, preschools or family child care homes. The early care and education industry is not only important to children and their parents, it also strengthens the California economy as a whole. In a new report I co-authored with Jenifer MacGillvary, we discuss the range of economic benefits that the industry brings to California.

Unemployment Benefits Critical to California’s Economic Recovery

By Laurel Lucia
UC Berkeley Labor Center

During the Great Recession and the ensuing weak recovery, most of us have seen firsthand how critical unemployment insurance benefits have been in helping families to make ends meet as they cope with the devastating effects of unemployment--whether we’ve relied on the benefits ourselves or watched a friend or family member struggle with a layoff.

In 2009, unemployment insurance helped 1.5 million Californians and their families continue to pay their rent or mortgage, keep food on the table and pay for other necessities like utilities and medications. Furthermore, unemployment insurance kept nearly 500,000 Californians out of poverty in 2009.