How Well Have Rural and Small Metropolitan Labor Markets Absorbed Welfare Recipients?. Change in Employment, Wages, and Welfare Caseloads between 1993 and 1998

04/01/2001

In this section, we provide a descriptive account of changes in employment and wages in low-skill, medium-skill, and high-skill labor markets in our 12 regions. The descriptive analysis gives an overview of how employment and wages were changing in the selected regions over the time period being studied. We also provide a descriptive account of changes in the number of welfare recipients in the labor force. In addition, we compare the increase in the number of welfare recipients in the labor force to the increase in low-skill employment. This comparison is the first step in determining whether the low-skill labor market in each region was able to absorb the increase in the number of welfare recipients in the labor force.