Past Work Experience and Earnings Trajectories of Single Mothers

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Figure 4.3a

Figure 4.3a1: Line chart of mean earnings of low-income single mothers over time by their level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997). Low-income single mothers who had earnings in the highest two earnings quintiles in the study base year were not able, on average, to maintain their earnings at the same levels five years later. Low-income single mothers who had earnings in the lowest two earnings quintiles in the study base year saw stagnant earnings levels on average over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3a2: Line chart of mean earnings of all single mothers over time by their level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997). Single mothers who had earnings in the highest two earnings quintiles in the study base year saw generally stagnant earnings levels on average over the next five years. Single mothers who had earnings in the lowest two earnings quintiles in the study base year saw some increases, on average, to their earnings five years later. Single mothers who saw stagnant earnings levels on average over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3a3: Line chart of mean earnings of all women over time by their level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997). Women who had earnings in the highest earnings quintile in the study base year maintained similar earnings levels on average over the next four years, with a slight drop in the fifth year. Women who had earnings in the lowest earnings quintile in the study base year saw some increases in earnings levels on average over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3a4: Line chart of mean earnings of all adults over time by their level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997). Adults who had earnings in the highest earnings quintile in the study base year maintained similar earnings levels on average over the next three years, with a drop in the fourth and fifth years. Adults who had earnings in the lowest earnings quintile in the study base year saw some increases in earnings levels on average over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3b

Figure 4.3b1: For low-income single mothers by level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997), line chart showing the proportion of each group that remained in the same earnings category over time. Many low-income single mothers shifted earnings categories over time, with low-income single mothers in the second highest earnings quintile in the base year showing the greatest proportion changing categories over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3b2: For all single mothers by level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997), line chart showing the proportion of each group that remained in the same earnings category over time. Many single mothers shifted earnings categories over time, with low-income single mothers in the highest earnings quintile in the base year remaining the most stable over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3b3: For all women by level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997), line chart showing the proportion of each group that remained in the same earnings category over time. Many women shifted earnings categories over time, with women in the lowest earnings quintile in the base year experiencing the greatest shifts into other earnings categories over the next five years. [Return to text]

Figure 4.3b4: For all adults by level of earnings in the base year of the study (1996 or 1997), line chart showing the proportion of each group that remained in the same earnings category over time. Many adults shifted earnings categories over time, with adults in the highest earnings quintile in the base year experiencing a high level of stability in maintaining earnings in the highest earnings quintile over the next five years. [Return to text]


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