- Many of the respondents (especially younger respondents) had educational deficits.
Nearly 40% of the respondents had not completed high school or a GED, while about a quarter had education beyond high school or a GED. A key finding was that younger respondents (aged 18-24) were more likely to be high school dropouts than older respondents – 46% of younger respondents had not completed high school or a GED compared to 31% of respondents 35 years old and older (data not shown).
- Few of the respondents were currently married or living with a partner, and 75% of black respondents had never been married.
Very few of the respondents (8%) were currently married or living with a partner who might have been a source of support in times of joblessness. Another 27% were divorced or separated, and 65% had never been married. Blacks (75%) were much more likely than whites (35%) to have never married.
|Did not complete high school/GED||38|
|Completed high school/GED only||38|
|Education beyond high school or GED||24|
|Married or living with partner||8|
|40+ years old||13|
|(Median age in years)||(26 years)|
Source: Telephone survey of 1,120 TANF recipients in South Carolina