Current status: This project will help us understand welfare outcomes in rural labor markets by studying the labor market characteristics of the rural working poor population and the impacts of various economic and public policy developments. The study examines the impacts on the rural working poor of welfare reform and economic expansion during the 1990's. The study seeks to identify how these changes have impacted employment and wages among the working poor population in several non-metropolitan areas around the country. Results from economic analyses are compared to administrative welfare caseload data to determine how the decline in welfare caseloads has affected the working poor. Results are also used to predict future changes in employment and wages under two scenarios: moderate growth and economic downturn.
Estimated Completion Date: January 2001