Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table B.4. Principal Reasons for Not Working and for Leaving MOST Recent Job for Cases with Heads Not Currently Employed

10/01/2004

  Percentage Unless Stated Otherwise
Time Limited with No Exemptions/Extensions
Time Limited with Temporary Work Exemptions
Time Limited with Extensions Granted
Total
Principal Reason Currently Not Working for Pay
Physical, mental health or substance abuse problem
5.2% 26.0% 9.5% 8.8%
Pregnancy or newborn care 1.3% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%
Prefer/need to stay home with children
6.5% 8.1% 9.5% 6.8%
Other family responsibilities 2.6% 14.7% 4.8% 4.7%
Child care problem 13.0% 3.3% 23.8% 11.5%
Transportation problem 17.7% 20.2% 9.5% 18.0%
In school/training 10.8% 4.9% 14.3% 10.0%
Lack education/work experience
13.0% 1.6% 0.0% 10.8%
No jobs available/wages too low/no health benefits
29.9% 19.5% 28.6% 28.0%
Other 0.0% 1.6% 0.0% 0.3%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Principal Reason for Leaving Most Recent Job
Not satisfied with hours/benefits/salary
16.9% 14.6% 16.6% 16.0%
Problems with the job (with boss or too stressful)
5.5% 2.4% 16.7% 5.2%
Pregnancy/maternity leave 16.9% 9.8% 16.7% 15.1%
Own health problems 8.5% 39.1% 0.0% 17.6%
Family or personal problems 4.2% 14.6% 8.3% 7.4%
Child care or transportation problems
16.9% 7.3% 8.3% 13.6%
Improved opportunity (school or another job)
12.7% 2.4% 25.0% 9.7%
Temporary or short term assignment ended
4.2% 0.0% 0.0% 2.8%
Fired or laid off 9.8% 4.9% 8.3% 8.2%
Other 4.2% 4.9% 0.0% 4.3%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
 
Sample Size 466 487 143 1,120

 

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