Study to Examine UI Eligibility Among Former TANF Recipients: Evidence from New Jersey

11/01/2002

By: Anu Rangarajan, Carol Razafindrakoto, and Walter Corson Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

Submitted to: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This study examines the extent to which former TANF recipients who leave welfare and find jobs would be potentially eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in case of job loss, considering both monetary and nonmonetary eligibility, as well as potential benefit levels. The study also examines how many former TANF recipients who found jobs and eventually lost jobs actually file UI claims and receive payments. The report is based on 2,000 welfare recipients who received TANF in New Jersey during the first 18 months under the new welfare rules, between July 1997 and December 1998.

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