Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.9 Characteristics of the Heads of Single-parent TANF Cases in Illinois (Percentages, Unless Stated Otherwise)

06/10/2003

Table D.9
Characteristics of the Heads of Single-parent TANF Cases in Illinois
(Percentages, Unless Stated Otherwise)
  Employed Not Employed All
Gender
Female 99 99 99
Male 1 1 1
Age   ***  
Younger than 25 years 21 45 36
25 to 34 years 41 31 35
35 years or older 38 24 30
Average age (years) 31.8 28.1*** 29.5
Median age (years) 31.0 25.0 28.0
Marital Status
Never married 65 72 69
Married or living with partner 15 12 13
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20 16 17
Highest Education Completed
Less than high school diploma/GED 40 47 44
High school diploma/GED 27 28 28
More than high school diploma/GED 33 25 28
Sample Size 157 259 416
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 employed and not employed case heads.
*/**/*** Difference between cases with/without an employed head is statistically significant at the .10/.05/.01 level.

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