Brief Single Mothers Retain Nearly All Their Employment and Wage Gains in the Current Economic Slowdown
Robert I. Lerman
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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.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Families Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Economic well-being Family and household data Employment and income data