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2014 Report on Food and Nutrition

2015 Report on Employment and Training Barriers

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of their 2015 Statewide and Regional Community Assessment on Employment, Barriers to Employment and Training Needs on February 9, 2016.

The report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska conducted in June of 2015. The report contains comparative data from 2012 and 2015 highlighting employment challenges faced by Nebraskans. Both statewide and regional data are included on the following topics: 
 
• The extent to which respondents possessed skills and training to make them competitive in the job market
• Whether or not they had access to education/ training opportunities
• The types of education/ training they felt would improve their employment situations
• What they viewed as barriers to advancement in their job
• How they viewed their employment situation in terms of skills possessed, skills needed,compensation, and job satisfaction. 

The purpose of this survey was to better understand employment, as well as the extent of underemployment in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska will use the results to increase employment services and enhance career development programs to serve the needs of their communities.

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Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of their statewide Community Assessment report on food and nutrition on March 10, 2015 at the State Capitol. The report was based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Ne­braska. The report sheds light on the food and nutrition challenges and opportunities facing many Nebraskans. Both statewide and regional data includes, but are not limited to the following:

  • Food Sources by Income Groups
  • Food Sources by Urban & Rural Nebraskans
  • Food Purchase Decisions by Factors of Influence (i.e. price, taste, quality, etc.)
  • Monthly Grocery Expense by Household Type
  • Frequency of Food & Nutrition Household Experiences
  • Negative Food & Nutrition Experiences by Income Groups, SNAP Eligibility, Age, etc.
  • Sources of Information on Food & Nutrition
  • Food & Nutrition Learning Interests

Survey highlights:

  • Regardless of Income, 99% of all respondents reported the Grocery Store as the source of food eaten at home
  • 67% of respondents reported that in the last 90 days they had received information related to food and nutrition via print media, and 56% via television
  • Respondents from the income of group of $60,000 or more had the highest response rate for Fast Food/Take Out/Restaurant Delivery as source of food eaten at home
  • Households with children selected Fast Food/Take Out/Restaurant Delivery as a food source more often (81%) than households with no children (69%)
  • 43% of respondents with less than a high school diploma or GED reported Fast food/Take Out/Restaurant Delivery as a food source eaten at home compared to 86% of respondents with a graduate/professional degree
  • In the past 12 months, 32% of respondents reported reducing the amount spent on food to pay for other expenses; 24% worried about how to pay for food; and 21% ran out of money for food
  • The most frequently reported problem related to food and nutrition among Nebraskan’s was Staying Within a Monthly Food Budget

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2013 Report on Basic Needs

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of a Community Assessment Survey on March 11, 2014 at the State Capitol.

The Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment Report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska. The report contains comparative data from 2010 and 2013 highlighting the most pressing economic challenges faced by Nebraskans. Both statewide and regional data are included on the following topics:

• Healthcare issues
• Housing barriers
• Perceptions of poverty
• Child and youth needs
• Basic needs
• Employment Barriers
• Income and finance behaviors

Survey highlights:
• Access to mental health care and disability services for both adults and children
were the top health issues.
• Respondents report that a barrier to homeownership was unable to make down
payment.
• One if four said they were financially worse off than last year.

Click here to view a full copy of the report.


2012 Report on Employment and Training Barriers

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of their 2012 Statewide and Regional Community Assessment on Employment, Barriers to Employment and Training Needs on February 5, 2013.

The report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska conducted in June of 2012. The assessment survey asked questions covering several topics including:

• The extent to which respondents possessed skills and training to make them competitive in the job market
• Whether or not they had access to education/ training opportunities
• The types of education/ training they felt would improve their employment situations
• What they viewed as barriers to advancement in their job
• How they viewed their employment situation in terms of skills possessed, skills needed,compensation, and job satisfaction.

The purpose of this survey was to better understand employment, as well as the extent of underemployment in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska will use the results to increase employment services and enhance career development programs to serve the needs of their communities.

This survey report is intended to complement the more comprehensive State and RegionalCommunity Assessment completed in 2010, the 2011 survey on financial behaviors and future documents developed by Community Action of Nebraska.

Click here to view a full copy of the report.


2011 Report on Financial Behaviors

On March 13, 2012, Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of the Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment Report.

The Community Assessment Focus Survey Report was based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska conducted in May of 2011. The assessment survey asked questions covering several topics including: financial behaviors, financial services, resources and planning for the future.

Key findings in the survey reveal the hard financial choices faced by many living in the state. Of those surveyed 85% feel emotionally stressed about money, 60% stated that they run out of money to pay for living expenses, and 61% worry about job security.

This focus survey report is intended to complement the more comprehensive State and Regional Community Assessment completed in 2010 (available at www.canhelp.org) and future documents being developed by Community Action of Nebraska.

Click here to view a full copy of the report.


2010 Report on Basic Needs

On February 9, 2011, Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of the Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment Report.

The aim of the survey was to discover the most pressing economic challenges faced by Nebraskans. In addition to being an essential tool for Community Action agencies to respond to the needs, the assessment will provide policy makers with a broader view of the impact of poverty in the state.

Key findings in the survey reveal the hard economic choices faced by many living in the state. Of those surveyed, one in three said they are worse off than last year. Eye, dental and medical care are the top basic needs identified through the survey. Affordable food and paying for utilities were also basic needs households had difficulty meeting. The survey also showed that 67% of respondents delayed medical care because of cost.

Click here to view a full copy of the report.


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