Fewer Welfare Leavers Employed in Weak Economy

Brief

Fewer Welfare Leavers Employed in Weak Economy

August 21, 2003

Abstract

Data from the 2002 National Survey of America's Families show that employment among welfare leavers fell from 50 percent in 1999 to 42 percent in 2002. 14 percent of welfare leavers had no source of income in 2002 compared with 10 percent in 1999. Wages, hours, benefits, and work schedules of working welfare leavers were unchanged between 1999 and 2002.

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