Single Mothers Retain Nearly All Their Employment and Wage Gains in the Current Economic Slowdown

Brief

Single Mothers Retain Nearly All Their Employment and Wage Gains in the Current Economic Slowdown

January 31, 2003

Abstract

Contrary to widespread concerns, the work-oriented welfare system has withstood the economic slowdown so far, largely because single mothers--the group most at risk of going on welfare--have maintained high levels of employment. Many worried that the welfare system would face serious strains in a recession, with large numbers of low-income, single parents losing their jobs and having nowhere to turn because time limits and other restrictions limit their eligibility for welfare.

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