Performance Improvement 2001. Analysis of Administrative Data on Families Receiving Welfare and Diversion Assistance under the Work First Program: Third Quarterly Report


The North Carolina Work First Program's third quarterly report analyzed administrative data, examined patterns of welfare participation, employment, earnings, and other key outcomes among families who enter and leave the Work First program, and persons who receive Diversion Assistance. The findings show that families in the AFDC entry cohort were more likely to be on assistance 36 months after going on welfare, compared to families in the Work First entry cohort. Data suggest that the Work First program has had far less impact on child-only cases than on other cases. For all entry cohorts, the length of stay on welfare was longer for persons without a work history, persons without a work history and a high school diploma, families that were younger, African Americans, and living in large cities. Fewer families in the Work First, compared to the AFDC exit cohorts returned to cash assistance in the study period. No major differences were found between the exit cohorts in employment rates, which seemed to be influenced more by seasonal factors. All cohorts showed evidence of earning progression after leaving welfare, controlling for seasonal variations.

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