A VIBRANT LOCAL ECONOMY, including jobs and opportunities for growth, creates an environment where people can afford to make ends meet and have the opportunity to achieve all they hope to accomplish.
Being able to make ends meet, to keep a roof over your head and not being worried about bills are indicators of economic security.
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Jobs pay wages, but they are also a fundamental part of an individual's identity, social networks and sense of purpose. A good economy is one that creates opportunities for meaningful jobs.
Source: US Census, ACS, 2012 Find out more
Being able to develop and build relationships from one generation to the next can also foster a sense of community and strong social networks.
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Income inequality affects wellbeing. Studies have shown that Americans are happier when income inequality is low.
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Feeling like you can advance and build long-term economic stability is key to wellbeing. In addition, it is important to have options for professional growth.
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A diverse economy supports wellbeing by reducing the risks of economic difficulty and ensuring the goods and services people want and need are within easy reach.
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