Welfare Recipients Who Find Jobs: What Do We Know About Their Employment and Earnings?
Recent studies of families that have left welfare and evaluations of state welfare-to-work programs provide information about the earnings of welfare recipients who find jobs and characteristics of the jobs they hold. While each report studies a somewhat different group of parents and covers different time periods, all of the studies demonstrate that recipients who find jobs typically work a substantial number of hours per week but are paid low wages. The findings described in this report highlight the importance of states using funding that was become available from declining welfare caseloads and other resources to provide supports to working families whose income from their earnings alone leave them unable to meet their basic needs. (Authors)
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