Employment Rates Nearly Doubled After Seattle Gave Low-Income Residents $500 A Month, No Strings Attached

A pioneering basic income pilot program in Seattle has yielded remarkable results, with low-income residents receiving $500 a month and experiencing a significant boost in employment rates. The program, aimed at reducing poverty, has not only doubled employment rates but also helped participants secure housing and improve their financial stability.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County launched the 10-month guaranteed basic income pilot program in the fall of 2022, enlisting 102 participants. The program, supported by public and private partners such as King County, the Employment Security Department, and Chase Bank, provided direct cash payments to selected participants, with […]

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