Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Other Personal Barriers


The survey respondents were asked about other personal barriers to employment, including whether they were caring for a sick or disabled person, whether they had a criminal record, and whether they had problems with English. Fourteen percent of survey respondents reported that they were caring for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member or friend. Respondents who had not worked in the past year were much more likely than employed respondents to be caring for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member or friend (21% v. 7%).27 A small fraction (1.5%) of the respondents reported difficulty speaking, reading, or writing English, and 10% reported that they had a criminal record. Five percent of the respondents were pregnant at the time of the survey.

27 This difference was statistically significant at the 95% confidence level.


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