Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table C.7 Past Employment and Earnings by the Heads of Single-Parent TANF Cases in Illinois

06/10/2003

Table C.7
Past Employment and Earnings by the Heads of Single-Parent TANF Cases in Illinois
Measure Percentage, Unless Indicated Otherwise
UI-Covered Employment and Earnings in 2000
Employed in at Least One Quarter 66
Employed in All Four Quarters 24
Earnings Over Entire Year
$0 (not employed in 2000) 34
$1 to $999 16
$1,000 to $4,999 26
$5,000 to $9,999 15
$10,000 to $19,999 8
$20,000 or more 1
Median earnings for all case heads $1,001
Median earnings for case heads employed at least 1 qtr. $3,164
UI-Covered Employment and Earnings in 2001
Employed in at Least One Quarter 61
Employed in the Fourth Quartera 40
Employed in All Four Quarters 20
Earnings Over Entire Year
$0 (not employed in 2001) 39
$1 to $999 16
$1,000 to $4,999 24
$5,000 to $9,999 13
$10,000 to $19,999 7
$20,000 or more 1
Median earnings for all case heads $608
Median earnings for case heads employed at least 1 qtr. $2,913
UI-Covered Employment and Earnings in 2000-2001
Employed in at Least One Quarter 77
Employed in At Least Four Quarters 45
Employed in All Eight Quarters 12
Annualized Earnings Over the Two Years
$0 (not employed in 2001-2002) 23
$1 to $999 23
$1,000 to $4,999 32
$5,000 to $9,999 15
$10,000 to $19,999 7
$20,000 or more 1
Median earnings for all case heads $1,291
Median earnings for case heads employed at least 1 qtr. $2,424
Number of TANF Cases 33,477b
Source: Unemployment Insurance earnings records maintained by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Population: TANF cases in Illinois that: (1) were eligible for a cash grant in November 2001, (2) were classified by DHS as "single-parent," and (3) included the grantee (i.e., the person to whom the benefit was issued) as a member of the case (thus excluding "child-only" cases). Some of the cases (9 percent) in the study population did not receive a positive cash grant despite being classified as "eligible" for a cash grant (see Table C.4 for reasons).
a The fourth quarter of 2001 includes the month (November 2001) when TANF participants were selected into this study.
b Missing Social Security numbers precluded a search for UI earnings records for the heads of 18 cases in the study's population.

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