Less Educated Single Mothers Achieved High Wage and Employment Gains in the Mid 1990s

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Less Educated Single Mothers Achieved High Wage and Employment Gains in the Mid 1990s

October 26, 2001

Abstract

Since the mid-1990s, single mothers have become increasingly successful in finding jobs and earning higher wages. Single mothers with the least formal education-a group likely to participate in welfare programs-have attained the most dramatic gains. These gains are consistent with the high employment of women leaving welfare, but it remains to be seen whether such gains can be sustained as the economy weakens.

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