Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Relationship Between Multiple Barriers and Employment Status

10/01/2004

  • Multiple human capital deficits and personal barriers were more important than multiple logistical barriers in determining current employment status.

The presence of multiple human capital deficits and personal barriers was a major factor in the employment status of the survey respondents. One-quarter of the currently non-employed respondents had two or more “human capital deficits,” compared to 13% of employed respondents (Appendix D Table V-b). In addition, 44% of currently non-employed respondents had two or more personal or family challenges compared to 27% of employed respondents.39 It should be noted, however, that not all of the personal or family challenges were individually correlated with employment status (see previous analysis).

In contrast, the presence of multiple logistical challenges was a less important factor in current employment status. Forty-three percent of non-employed respondents had two or more logistical barriers, but this was not significantly different than the 37% found for employed respondents (Appendix D Table V-b). Sixteen percent of non-employed respondents had three or more logistical barriers compared to 11% of employed respondents.40

39 These differences were statistically significant at the 99% confidence level.
40 This difference was statistically significant at the 95% confidence level.

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