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Workers with Benefits
(1 Worker with Employment-based Benefits)

                   
Housing 0 0 0 0 0          
Utilities 0 0 0 0 0          
Food 0 0 0 0 0          
Transportation 0 0 0 0 0          
Child Care 0 0 0 0 0          
Personal & Household Items 0 0 0 0 0          
Health Care 0 0 0 0 0          
Emergency Savings 0 0 0 0 0          
Retirement Savings 0 0 0 0 0          
Taxes 0 0 0 0 0          
Tax Credits 0 0 0 0 0          
Monthly Total (per worker) 0 0 0 0 0          
Annual Total 0 0 0 0 0          
Hourly Wage (per worker) 0 0 0 0 0          
                   
Additional Asset Building Savings
Children's Higher Education 0 0 0 0 0          
Homeownership 0 0 0 0 0          

Workers without Benefits
(1 Worker with Employment-based Benefits)

                     
Housing 0 0 0 0 0          
Utilities 0 0 0 0 0          
Food 0 0 0 0 0          
Transportation 0 0 0 0 0          
Child Care 0 0 0 0 0          
Personal & Household Items 0 0 0 0 0          
Health Care 0 0 0 0 0          
Emergency Savings 0 0 0 0 0          
Retirement Savings 0 0 0 0 0          
Taxes 0 0 0 0 0          
Tax Credits 0 0 0 0 0          
Monthly Total 0 0 0 0 0          
Annual Total 0 0 0 0 0          
Hourly Wage 0 0 0 0 0          
                   
Additional Asset Building Savings
Children's Higher Education 0 0 0 0 0          
Homeownership 0 0 0 0 0          


The BEST Index measures the income a working adult requires to meet his or her basic needs—without public or private assistance.

The BEST also includes basic savings that promote long-term and intergenerational economic security. BEST budgets include monthly emergency savings, which protects families from unforeseen expenses, and retirement savings, which helps workers achieve Elder Index economic security incomes in retirement. Two optional savings types—savings for children’s higher education and homeownership—are presented as additions to the core BEST budget.

Each BEST Index component is a conservative estimate of need, and the BEST does not include any “extras” such as vacations, entertainment, electronics, gifts or meals out. As a result, those living below an economically secure income may go without, make difficult choices among basic needs, or forgo economic security by not fully developing savings.

All budget components are calculated using publicly available data obtained from government and industry sources and market rate studies. For detailed information on expense components, including data sources and assumptions used in specific calculations, see the Index expenses and savings definitions. Additional information can be found in The Basic Economic Security Tables: United States Methodology and Supplemental Data, available at www.wowonline.org. State reports are available on the Economic Security Program webpage and on WOW partner websites.

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