Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2003. Table TANF 1. Trends in AFDC/TANF Caseloads, 1962 – 2001

03/01/2003

  Average Monthly Number(In thousands) Children asAverage 1
Fiscal Year Total Families 1 Total Recipients Unemployed Parent Families Unemployed Parent Recipients Total Children a Percent of Total Recipients Number of Children per Family
1 Includes unemployed parent families and child-only cases.
2 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it
with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
3 Based on data from the old AFDC reporting system which was available only for the first 9 months of the fiscal year.
4 Estimated based on the ratio of Unemployed Parent recipients to Unemployed Parent families in 1997.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, (Available online at http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/).
1962........... 924 3,593 48 224 2,778 77.3 3.0
1963........... 950 3,834 54 291 2,896 75.5 3.0
1964........... 984 4,059 60 343 3,043 75.0 3.1
1965........... 1,037 4,323 69 400 3,242 75.0 3.1
1966........... 1,074 4,472 62 361 3,369 75.3 3.1
1967........... 1,141 4,718 58 340 3,560 75.5 3.1
1968........... 1,310 5,349 67 377 4,013 75.0 3.1
1969........... 1,539 6,146 66 360 4,591 74.7 3.0
1970........... 1,906 7,415 78 420 5,484 74.0 2.9
1971........... 2,531 9,557 143 726 6,963 72.9 2.8
1972........... 2,918 10,632 134 639 7,698 72.4 2.6
1973........... 3,123 11,038 120 557 7,967 72.2 2.6
1974........... 3,170 10,845 93 434 7,825 72.2 2.5
1975........... 3,342 11,067 100 451 7,928 71.6 2.4
1976........... 3,549 11,369 135 593 8,072 71.0 2.3
1977........... 3,575 11,108 149 659 7,818 70.4 2.2
1978........... 3,528 10,663 128 567 7,475 70.1 2.1
1979........... 3,493 10,311 114 504 7,194 69.8 2.1
1980........... 3,642 10,598 141 612 7,322 69.1 2.0
1981........... 3,871 11,160 208 881 7,614 68.2 2.0
1982........... 3,569 10,431 232 976 6,975 66.9 2.0
1983........... 3,651 10,659 272 1,144 7,051 66.1 1.9
1984........... 3,725 10,866 287 1,222 7,153 65.8 1.9
1985........... 3,692 10,813 261 1,131 7,165 66.3 1.9
1986........... 3,748 10,997 254 1,102 7,300 66.4 1.9
1987........... 3,784 11,065 236 1,035 7,381 66.7 2.0
1988........... 3,748 10,920 210 929 7,325 67.1 2.0
1989........... 3,771 10,934 193 856 7,370 67.4 2.0
1990........... 3,974 11,460 204 899 7,755 67.7 2.0
1991........... 4,374 12,592 268 1,148 8,513 67.6 1.9
1992........... 4,768 13,625 322 1,348 9,226 67.7 1.9
1993........... 4,981 14,143 359 1,489 9,560 67.6 1.9
1994........... 5,046 14,226 363 1,510 9,611 67.6 1.9
1995........... 4,879 13,659 335 1,384 9,280 67.9 1.9
1996........... 4,543 12,645 293 1,241 8,671 68.6 1.9
1997 2........ 3,937 10,935 275 3 1,158 3 7,781 3 71.2 3 2.0 3
1998........... 3,200 8,790 179 754 4 6,273 71.4 2.0
1999........... 2,674 7,188 NA NA 5,319 74.0 2.0
2000........... 2,265 5,943 NA NA 4,385 73.8 1.9
2001........... 2,117 5,420 NA NA 4,055 74.8 1.9

 

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