Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.17 Other Personal and Family Issues That May Be Barriers to Employment (Percentages)


Table D.17
Other Personal and Family Issues That May Be Barriers to Employment
  Employed Not Employed All
Possible Presence of a Learning Disabilitya 10 13 12
Child with Health or Behavioral Problem or Special Need 33 29 30
Caring for an Elderly, Sick or Disabled Family Member or Friend 8 14* 12
Difficulty with English Because it is Not Native Language 3 2 2
Criminal Conviction 19 17 18
Multiple Arrestsb 11 20** 16
Sample Size 157 259 416
Source: MPR's 2001-02 survey of Illinois TANF cases and administrative data from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
Notes: The survey data have been weighted to be representative of all single-parent TANF recipients in Illinois. Survey item nonresponse may cause the sample sizes for specific variables to be smaller than those shown. Rounding may cause percentages to sum to something other than 100. We conducted two-tailed t-tests (for continuous variables) and chi-square tests (for categorical variables) for differences between employed and not employed case heads.
*/**/*** Difference between cases with/without an employed head is statistically significant at the .10/.05/.01 level.
a The possible presence of a learning disability was determined following the methodology of the Washington State Learning Needs Screening Tool.
b Has had two or more arrests since 1996.

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