Improving Employment and Earnings for TANF Recipients

Brief

Improving Employment and Earnings for TANF Recipients

May 14, 2012

Abstract

State approaches to welfare reform vary considerably, but almost all of them encourage adult welfare recipients to work more and, as a result, to reduce their families long-term reliance on welfare benefits. This brief draws on a large body of evidence from rigorous studies to highlight strategies found most effective in increasing employment and earnings among welfare recipients. Research shows a clear role for skills enhancement in welfare programs that encourage or mandate certain activities. But research also suggests balancing a focus on job seeking and work with goal-directed education and training.

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