Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.2 Characteristics of Current or Most Recent Job Held by TANF Case Headsa (Percentages, Unless Stated Otherwise)

06/10/2003

Table D.2
Characteristics of Current or Most Recent Job Held by TANF Case Headsa
(Percentages, Unless Stated Otherwise)
  Currently Employed Previously Employed Ever Employed
Length of Employment on Job
Average number of months 14.3 10.2** 11.9
Median number of months 6.0 5.0 5.0
Hours Worked Per Week
Less than 20 9 8 8
20 to 34 36 30 33
35 or more 55 61 59
Average hours worked per week 32.3 34.9** 34.2
Median hours worked per week 35.0 40.0 35.0
Temporary or Seasonal Job 22 32** 28
Shift or Time of Day Worked
Regular day time shift 54 57 56
Morning or afternoon shift 11 9 9
Evening or night shift 20 24 22
Irregular, split, or rotating shift 14 9 11
Other 2 2 2
Industry   ***  
Manufacturing 3 9 7
Retail 27 31 29
Transit/transportation 3 2 2
Personal servicesb 14 7 9
Business services/utilities 9 15 13
Recreation/amusement 3 2 2
Health services 20 10 14
Social/educ./other non-profit or public services 18 11 14
Hotels and other lodging services 3 4 3
Other 2 10 7
Occupation
Administrative support/clerical 16 16 16
Sales 14 19 17
Health services 15 9 12
Food services 15 13 14
Grounds maintenance/cleaning services 10 10 10
Personal services 11 9 10
Other services 9 7 8
Technical 1 2 2
Production/manufacturing 4 5 4
Other 5 9 8
Sample Size 157 244 401
Source: MPR's 2001-02 survey of Illinois TANF cases.
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 currently and previously employed case heads.
*/**/*** Difference between cases with a currently/previously employed head is statistically significant at the .10/.05/.01 level.
a Statistics in this table are on the characteristics of the current or most recent jobs held by case heads who ever worked for pay.
b Personal services include laundry and cleaning services, beauty shops, and other services performed within a private household.

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